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Resources by Topic: The South

Beverage Consumption Patterns among Overweight and Obese African American Women
Examines beverage consumption patterns, including the number of beverages and type, contributing to the overall energy intake and weight status among overweight and obese African American women in the rural South. Includes statistics on beverage consumption by age, education, and rural versus urban residence.
Author(s): Terryl J. Hartman, Regine Haardörfer, Brenda M. Greene, Shruti Parulekar, Michelle C. Kegler
Citation: Nutrients, 9(12), 1344
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
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As the South Grows: Weathering the Storm
Discusses the impact of environmental change on the social and economic systems of the South and how climate change may disproportionately harm the South's already struggling communities. Presents opportunities and supporting information for foundations, hoping to encourage climate-related philanthropy throughout the South.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Fighting AIDS in the Deep South: Glimmers of Hope
Discusses how the southern states, public health officials, and AIDS activists have developed policies and programs focused on getting people tested and connected with medical care to improve health outcomes and prevent the spread of HIV.
Author(s): Teresa Wiltz
Citation: Stateline
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Addressing Mental Health Needs: Perspectives of African Americans Living in the Rural South
Examines mental health, mental health treatment, and barriers to treatment for rural South African American residents to develop culturally competent treatment approaches. Includes characteristics data for age group, race/ethnicity, education, marital status, employment, and gender.
Author(s): Tiffany F. Haynes, Ann M. Cheney, J. Greer Sullivan, et al.
Citation: Psychiatric Services, 68(6), 573-578
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
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As the South Grows: Strong Roots
Explores the connection between community-driven economic development and equity in the South, particularly in the Lowcountry and Coal Country. Focuses on promoting systemic, long-term economic change in the South through culturally sensitive, locally controlled philanthropic investments.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Assessing Diabetes and Factors Associated with Foregoing Medical Care among Persons with Diabetes: Disparities Facing American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic, Low Income, and Southern Adults in the U.S. (2011-2015)
Identifies trends in care of and prevalence of diabetes in terms of socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, and explores individual and community factors related to diabetes and diabetics' unmet medical needs. Features statistics on percentages of adults diagnosed with diabetes from 2011-2015 and distribution of diabetes and foregone medical care, with breakdowns including race or ethnicity, income, and levels of rurality.
Author(s): Samuel D. Towne, Jr., Jane Bolin, Alva Ferdinand, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(5), 464
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
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As the South Grows: On Fertile Soil
Examines the discrepancy between philanthropic efforts in the South and other regions of the U.S. and some of the health concerns they face. Provides examples of Southern nonprofit leaders and makes recommendations to help foundations and donors maximize the impact of their investments. Also explains why alternative methods for giving may be required in the South, where organizations and leaders don't always conform to traditional educational and organizational standards. Rural-specific considerations are discussed throughout.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Acceptability of HIV Testing Sites Among Rural and Urban African Americans Who Use Cocaine
Focuses on rural versus urban African-American cocaine users in Arkansas and their views of different types of HIV testing sites. Compares the acceptability of testing at local health departments, clinics, community health centers, and more.
Author(s): D. Keith Branham, Tyrone F. Borders, Katharine E. Stewart, Geoffrey M. Curran, Brenda M. Booth
Citation: AIDS and Behavior, 21(2), 576-586
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
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Understanding the Importance of Medical Student Clerkships in Poor Health Outcome Regions Served by Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Impoverished Locations of Southern United States
Highlights the importance of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in providing valuable community-based training for health professional students intending to work in rural or underserved areas to help them understand the factors and the barriers affecting positive health outcomes. Discusses how training or clerkships in areas such as the Southern Black Belt can bridge the gap between healthcare professionals and diverse patient populations.
Author(s): Ashruta Patel
Citation: Archives of Public Health, 75(7)
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
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Over Tea, South Carolina Girls Learn about Healthy Decisions
Highlights South Carolina's Tea Time with Teens, a program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy by bringing together community leaders, mothers, and daughters to build life skills and make healthy decisions.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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