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Resources by Topic: The South

Preserving Independence among Under-Resourced Older Adults in the Southeastern United States: Existing Barriers and Potential Strategies for Research
Literature review examining barriers to independent aging in the Southeast, including physical, mental, and social challenge related to chronic conditions, health disparities, and access to care. Includes a section on barriers for older adults in rural areas of the Southeast.
Author(s): Ene M. Enogela, Taylor Buchanan, Christy S. Carter, et al.
Citation: International Journal for Equity in Health, 21, 119
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
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Inequities in Physical Activity Environments and Leisure-Time Physical Activity in Rural Communities
Examines access to physical activity (PA) environments in 3 rural counties in Georgia. Analyzes 2019 survey data from 728 participants in relation to leisure-time PA, walking and biking for transport, and perceived PA environments with data broken down by race, household income, and neighborhood rurality.
Author(s): Michelle C. Kegler, Nicole Gauthreaux, April Hermstad, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 19
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Uncaring Landscapes and HIV Peer Support in the Rural Southern United States
Presents oral histories of an HIV peer support group and interviews with queer-identified Black men in a rural southern area. Discusses the impact of social determinants such as racism, stigma, and social disconnection specific to this population and their related health disparities.
Author(s): Darius Scott
Citation: Social Science & Medicine, 292
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
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Less Internet Access Available for Rural Residents in Counties with Persistent Poverty in the U.S. Deep South and Southwest
County-level map depicting internet availability and persistent poverty counties, distinguishing rural and urban counties. Chart based on USDA Economic Research Service calculations and Federal Communications Commission Form 477 Broadband Deployment data.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Southern Rural Development Center 2021 Annual Report: Building Bridges Toward Future Prosperity
Offers an overview of activities and accomplishments of the Southern Rural Development Center in 2021. Discusses listening sessions, community development extension impacts, broadband expansion, and the Center's work with the Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging.
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Rural Development Center
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Preparing Health Professions Students to Serve Southern Rural Communities in the Time of COVID-19 and Beyond: A Model for Interprofessional Online Telehealth Education
Describes a model for online telehealth interprofessional education (IPE) designed to meet the needs of rural communities in the South. Offers an overview of the program's design and implementation and highlights lessons learned related to training fundamentals, staffing and planning, faculty involvement, technology concerns, and Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance, and more.
Author(s): Teri Browne, Selina H. McKinney, Lauren Duck, et al.
Citation: Southern Medical Journal, 114(10), 665-667
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
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HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Deep South: Trends from 2008-2019
Report examining disparities in HIV/AIDS diagnosis rates, mortality, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use, federal funding, demographics, and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the South, including rural HIV disparities.
Author(s): Susan S. Reif, Haley Cooper, Molly Warren, Elena Wilson
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, Duke Global Health Institute, Southern AIDS Coalition
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Rural Counties With High and Persistent Poverty in 2019 Were Mostly Located Across the South
County-level map showing distribution of 310 rural counties with high and persistent levels of poverty according to 2019 American Community Survey (ACS) data.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Association of the Neighborhood Built Environment with Incident and Prevalent Depression in the Rural South
Shares the results of a study examining if the built environment is associated with depression for residents living in Washington Parish, Louisiana in the rural South. Examines if observed associations between rural built environments and depression can be mitigated by physical activity. Table 1 details the demographic characteristics of the rural study population.
Author(s): Christopher E. Anderson, Stephanie T. Broyles, Maeve E. Wallace, Lydia A. Bazzano, Jeanette Gustat
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 18, 200605
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
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Rural Hospital Closings in Southern States
Interactive map depicting 59 rural hospital closures from January 2012 - July 2021 in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas. Uses data from the North Carolina Health Research Program.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
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