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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Women

A Conversation on Maternal Health Care in Rural Communities: Charting a Path to Improved Access, Quality and Outcomes
Provides a recording of a day-long forum on maternal health access in rural communities. Addresses statistics on maternal health access, disparities in access and mortality rates, healthcare quality, models of care, state and federal policies related to maternal health, and more.
Additional links: Agenda, Presentation Slides
Date: 06/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Environmental Scan of South Dakota's Mobile Mammography Efforts
Evaluates the mobile mammography efforts of several programs in South Dakota. Includes a county-level map (see additional link) that details mobile mammography coverage and utilization, as well as breast cancer prevalence and mortality.
Additional links: County-Level Map
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Dakota Cancer Coalition
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Disparities in Chronic Health Conditions between Urban and Rural Oklahoma Mothers during the Preconception Period
Examines disparities between rural and urban Oklahoma women in the preconception period. Addresses differences in diabetes, hypertension, and depression rates, as well as other factors such as race/ethnicity, education, marital status, and income. Discusses the results and offers recommendations based on the study's findings.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State Department of Health
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Overcoming Racial Disparities and Social Determinants in the Maternal Mortality Crisis
Provides testimonies and the recording of a hearing before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee on disparities in maternal mortality. Discusses disparities by race and geographic location, social determinants of health, challenges in rural access to obstetrics, and potential steps for action. Includes testimony from the American Medical Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Maternal Mortality Projects Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Health, and others.
Additional links: Lisa Hollier Testimony, Loren Robinson Testimony, Melanie Rouse Testimony, Patrice Harris Testimony, American Medical Association, Video Recording
Date: 05/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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CDC Telebriefing: Pregnancy-Related Deaths Happen Before, During, and Up to a Year after Delivery
Press briefing discussing the recently released Vital Signs: Pregnancy-Related Deaths, United States, 2011–2015, and Strategies for Prevention, 13 States, 2013–2017. Includes a question and answer session with: Ann Schuchat, the Principle Deputy Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Wanda Barfield, the director of CDC's Division of Reproductive Health and Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service; and Emily Peterson, a medical officer in the Division of Reproductive Health and lead of CDC's Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System (PMSS). Includes discussion on maternal mortality disparities among different racial/ethnic groups and in rural areas.
Additional links: Audio Recording
Date: 05/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Health Research Recap: State of Rural Women's Healthcare Utilization and Health Indicators
Summarizes rural and urban statistics describing health indicators and healthcare utilization for women, maternal and obstetric healthcare services, and maternal substance use. Includes information regarding barriers to accessing care.
Author(s): Shawnda Schroeder
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Preventive Health Service Use among Rural Women
A study of national data to understand whether health status and sociodemographic characteristics explain the differences in use of preventive services among women in rural and urban areas from 2014-2016. Features statistics including receipt of various services, health status indicators, sociodemographic characteristics, and predictions of women's health service receipt, with breakdowns by rural or urban residence.
Author(s): Erika Ziller, Jennifer Lenardson, Nathan Paluso, Jaclyn Janis
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Resilient Rural America: Southeast Kentucky
Series of articles about the challenges of life in rural southeast Kentucky. Includes discussion of Mountain Moms, an Appalachian Kentucky support group for low-income women who have experienced domestic violence. Part of the Resilient Rural America series.
Author(s): Blake Tommey
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Baptist News Global
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Health Status Profile of American Indians in Arizona 2017 Data Book
Provides detailed data on Native Americans in Arizona. Covers sociodemographics, healthcare use, mortality by age and for different causes such as diabetes, and maternal and newborn health factors.
Author(s): Marguerite L. S. Kemp, Yan Huang, Clare Torres
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Health Services
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Assessment of Town and Park Characteristics Related to Physical Activity in the Lower Mississippi Delta
Examines the built environments of 12 rural towns to determine whether these features may have contributed to low levels of physical activity in gestational and postnatal periods by women participating in a diet and physical activity program. Features statistics including characteristics of the towns, Rural Active Living Assessment Scores, and characteristics of parks in the towns.
Author(s): Jessica L. Thomson, Melissa H. Goodman, Alicia S. Landry
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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