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Resources by Topic: Women

Trends in Fertility and Mother’s Age at First Birth Among Rural and Metropolitan Counties: United States, 2007–2017
Reports on trends in total fertility rates and mean maternal age at first birth overall, and by race and Hispanic origin, with data for rural counties, small or medium metropolitan counties, and large metro counties.
Additional links: Questions for the Lead Author, NCHStats blog
Author(s): Danielle M. Ely, Brady E. Hamilton
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Supporting Family Physician Maternity Care Providers
Summarizes strategies, provides suggestions, and examines the role family physicians play in providing maternity care to the underserved. Also presents ideas for training and retaining family physician maternity care providers in rural areas.
Author(s): Jessica Taylor Goldstein, Scott G. Hartman, Matthew R. Meunier, et al.
Citation: Family Medicine, 50(9), 662-671
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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Better Data and Better Outcomes: Reducing Maternal Mortality in the U.S.
Provides the House Subcommittee on Health hearing recording and related documents on preventing maternal deaths. Addresses disparities in rural maternal mortality. Features testimonies from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Birth Equity Collaborative, March of Dimes, and more.
Additional links: Joia Crear Perry Testimony, Stacey Stewart Testimony
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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Opioid-Affected Births to Rural Residents
Examines rates of diagnosis of maternal opioid use disorder and infant neonatal abstinence syndrome for rural residents at time of childbirth. Includes statistics for delivery location with breakdowns by rural, urban non-teaching, and urban teaching hospitals.
Author(s): Katy Kozhimannil, Tongtan Chantarat, Alexandra Ecklund, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Maternal Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder in California Counties
Presents a study on maternal access to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment in California. Discusses the role of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) in treating neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and highlights some of the barriers rural pregnant women with OUD must overcome to receive treatment.
Author(s): Anuj Gangopadhyaya, Lisa Clemans-Cope, Marni Epstein
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Trends and Disparities in Delivery Hospitalizations Involving Severe Maternal Morbidity, 2006–2015
Reports on trends and disparities in delivery hospitalizations involving severe maternal morbidity from 2006 through the third quarter of 2015. Includes data by location of patient residence for large metropolitan, small metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural (noncore) areas.
Author(s): Kathryn R. Fingar, Megan M. Hambrick, Kevin C. Heslin, Jennifer E. Moore
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Non-Medical Opioid Use among Rural and Urban Pregnant Women, 2007-2014
Examines data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) from 2007 to 2014 to determine differences in non-medical opioid use among rural and urban pregnant women. Covers policy and practice implications to inform program and clinical efforts to address the crisis.
Author(s): Katy Kozhimannil, Carrie Henning-Smith, Tongtan Chantarat, Tongtan Chantarat, Cresta Jones
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Price Variability Across Food Product and Vendor Type in Food Benefit Redemptions Under the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Examines variability in prices for WIC purchases in 4 WIC State agencies, using data on 2014 Electronic Benefit Transfer transactions. Features statistics including geographic distribution of WIC vendors by State agency, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated locations.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Patrick W. McLaughlin, Stacy Gleason, Margaret Wilkin
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Using Storytelling to Address Oral Health Knowledge in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
Results of a study conducted in 3 northern California tribal locations to evaluate an intervention using storytelling to promote prevention of early childhood tooth decay. Participants were 53 women who were pregnant or who had children ages 6 or younger.
Author(s): Brenda Heaton, Christina Gebel, Andrew Crawford, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
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Diminishing Access to Rural Maternity Care and Associated Changes in Birth Location and Outcomes
Webinar presented by Carrie Henning-Smith on April 26, 2018. Described recent work by the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center on loss of obstetric care in rural areas. Included information from a March 2018 Journal of the American Medical Association study showing changes in birth location and outcomes following loss of services in rural areas.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript, Webinar Recording
Date: 04/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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