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Resources by Topic: The South

Dietary Patterns Among Overweight and Obese African-American Women Living in the Rural South
Analyzes nut consumption and other dietary behaviors of overweight or obese African-American women residing in rural Alabama and Mississippi. Aims to inform future nutrition education strategies for individuals at high risk of obesity-related chronic conditions by investigating the relationship between eating nuts and consuming other healthy foods.
Author(s): Samara Sterling, Suzanne Judd, Brenda Bertrand, et al.
Citation: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 5(1), 141-150
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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As the South Grows: Bearing Fruit
Explores how areas of Southern cities such as Metro Atlanta offer opportunities to learn ways to confront and eliminate structural barriers that will have effects on other parts of the country. Discusses rural-specific considerations, as well.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Rural Hospital Closures
Webinar recording discusses rural hospital closures across the U.S. Details the various causes of closures and the effect this has on healthcare access in rural communities, as well as possible solutions for preventing rural hospital closures. Features presentations from representatives of the NC Rural Health Research Program, the Episcopal Health Foundation, and the A&M Rural and Community Health Institute.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 01/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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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