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Resources by Topic: The South

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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A Community-Developed, Culturally-Based Palliative Care Program for African American and White Rural Elders with a Life-Limiting Illness: A Program By The Community for the Community
Describes the development of a culturally-based palliative care program in Beaufort, South Carolina. Discusses different preferences for care between African American and White focus group participants, such as the involvement of family members and the role of hospice and palliative care.
Author(s): Ronit Elk
Citation: Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics, 7(1), 36-40
Date: 2017
Type: Document
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Connection Between Depression and Inability to Fill Prescriptions in Rural FQHC Patients with Chronic Disease
Examines rates of depression among 438 patients with hypertension or diabetes at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the rural South. Also explores whether inability to afford prescription medicines within the previous 12 months is a predictor of depression in these patients. Includes statistics with breakdowns by race or ethnicity, gender, education, employment status, income, chronic condition, and history of mental illness.
Author(s): K. Bryant Smalley, Jacob C. Warren, K. Nikki Barefoot
Citation: Rural Mental Health, 40(2), 113-123
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
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Providing Patients with Access to Nutritious Food
Highlights a variety of programs that are helping ensure rural patients have access to healthy food. Features a Critical Access Hospital in Massachusetts, a fruit and vegetable prescription program in Maine, and a research-based heart health initiative in North Carolina.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Climate Justice in Rural Southeastern United States: A Review of Climate Change Impacts and Effects on Human Health
Reviews the literature from 2010 to 2015 regarding the health effects due to climate change on vulnerable populations in the rural Southeastern part of the U.S. Offers suggestions for climate change mitigation in this region at the local, regional, and national level.
Author(s): Kristie S. Gutierrez, Catherine E. LePrevost
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(2), 189
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
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