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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months — United States, 2017
Reports on vaccination coverage for children aged 19-35 months, based on data from the 2017 National Immunization Survey-Child (NIS-Child). Includes data for nonmetropolitan areas. Coverage estimates are provided for the following vaccinations: diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP), poliovirus, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), Haemophilius influenzae type b conjugate (Hib), hepatitis B (HepB), varicella, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), hepatitis A (HepA), and rotavirus.
Author(s): Holly A. Hill, Laurie D. Elam-Evans, David Yankey, James A. Singleton, Yoonjae Kang
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(40), 1123-1128
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Key Informant Perspectives on Rural Social Isolation and Loneliness
Describes challenges and opportunities related to health impacts of social isolation in rural areas, using data from interviews with 22 experts from 11 states and the District of Columbia. Addresses gaps in the literature on rural-urban differences in social isolation and offers suggestions for policy changes and programmatic interventions.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Alexandra Ecklund, Megan Lahr, et al.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids
Provides data on prevalence of substance use, and opioid misuse, use disorders, overdoses, and related topics. Includes discussion of prevention programs and screening.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Preventing Suicide, One Conversation at a Time
Describes how suicide is affecting Amador County, California. Discusses the underlying factors contributing to those numbers, such as poverty, stigma surrounding suicide, and a lack of mental health providers. Provides access to a Conversation Kit, a resource that was created to bring community members together to discuss suicide in rural areas. Kit covers multiple topics and provides instructions for individuals to be able to use this resource in their community.
Author(s): Vanessa S. Nelson
Date: 09/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Capital Public Radio
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Hardworking Rural Community Taps a Deep Well of Hope
Provides an overview of the residents of Klamath County, Oregon, including the Klamath tribes, coming together as a community and forming the Healthy Klamath coalition to create healthier communities. Discusses community efforts to address the behavioral and physical healthcare needs of the Klamath tribes. Describes local efforts to promote healthcare careers to high school students and how the community offers scholarships to improve graduation rates. Klamath County is a recipient of the 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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The State of Obesity 2018: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Report on obesity related trends and topics. Includes data and statistics for both adults and children and provides examples of successful programs and policies across the country. Addresses obesity and chronic disease trends in both urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Molly Warren, Stacy Beck, Jack Rayburn, Sara K. Lipson, Megan Wolfe
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Community Reinvestment Program
Profiles the Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization (EOCCO), a rural program that received community reinvestment funding from the Oregon Health Authority to invest in the community and provide care for Oregon's Medicaid recipients using a fixed global budget system. EOCCO engaged a community advisory council (CAC) comprising local individuals that showed an active interest in improving their own and the community's health. EOCCO in turn reinvests the money they receive in projects targeted to improving priority health concerns determined by local community health assessments.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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New Mexico Implements and Expands Physical Activity Programs in Rural Communities
Describes the efforts of the University of New Mexico Prevention Research Center (UNM-PRC) to implement and expand evidence-based physical activity programs in the rural community of Cuba, New Mexico. Discusses program considerations relevant to working with rural communities and methods to connect with community partners and stakeholders to address their concerns and gain their support for making community changes to improve health and promote healthy habits.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Voices for Food: Methodologies for Implementing a Multi-state Community-based Intervention in Rural, High Poverty Communities
Highlights a study on an intervention to address barriers to food access in economically impoverished rural communities. Focuses on 24 counties in 6 Midwestern states and details the various assessment tools used to evaluate the needs of the community and the success of the intervention.
Author(s): Suzanne Stluka, Lindsay Moore, Heather A. Eicher-Miller, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 18
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Designing for Rural Bicyclist Safety
Webinar recording discusses biking as a viable transportation option for rural communities and what can be done to make biking in rural areas safer and less stressful. Highlights the ways rural bikers navigate their communities.
Additional links: Webinar Recording, Webinar Slides
Date: 08/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety
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