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2019 National Profile of Local Health Departments
Provides a study of local health department infrastructure and practice. Discusses topics including leadership, workforce, emergency preparedness and response, public health policy, information technology, and financing and expenditures. Includes health department characteristics based on the size of the population that they serve, with comparisons between urban and rural areas.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Texas SORH Fosters Quality Champions in Rural Hospitals Across the State
Details how the Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) developed a Quality Improvement Training Program (QITP) and associated fellowship program to improve rural healthcare quality in the state's hospitals. The QITP trains participants, helps them become certified for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) exam, and encourages them to complete quality improvement projects within local hospitals.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Alcohol Use and Co-Use of Other Substances Among Pregnant Females Aged 12–44 Years — United States, 2015–2018
Examines self-reported drinking in the past 12 months, current drinking, binge drinking, and the co-use of other substances among pregnant females aged 12–44 years. Includes data for metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas.
Author(s): Lucinda J. England, Carolyne Bennett, Clark H. Denny, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(31), 1009-1014
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Annual Insurance Update 2020: Health Insurance in Kansas
Reports on health insurance coverage across Kansas and the U.S. as a whole, including state-by-state comparisons and 2009-2018 trends in coverage. Provides county-level data on uninsured rates and Medicaid/Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment in 2017, with information broken down by age group.
Author(s): Wen-Chieh Lin, Madison Hoover, Hina B. Shah
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Health of American Indian and Alaska Native Adults, by Urbanization Level: United States, 2014–2018
Examines health status and health conditions among American Indian and Alaska Native adults compared to all U.S. adults, with data for rural, small metropolitan, and large metropolitan statistical areas. Addresses poor or fair health status, disability, multiple chronic conditions, hypertension, and diabetes.
Author(s): Maria A. Villarroel, Tainya C. Clarke, Tina Norris
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Assessment of Racial Disparities in Mortality Rates Among Older Adults Living in US Rural vs Urban Counties From 1968 to 2016
Study using CDC WONDER data from 3,131 counties over a 49-year period. Features statistics on adjusted and unadjusted mortality rates among people 65 years and older, with breakdowns by race, gender, and urban, rural adjacent, and rural nonadjacent locations.
Author(s): Nasim B. Ferdows, Maria P. Aranda, Julie A. Baldwin, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(8)
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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Medicare Advantage Versus the Traditional Medicare Program: Costs of Inpatient Stays, 2009–2017
Examines the costs of hospital inpatient stays among patients 65 years of age and older with a primary expected payer of Medicare Advantage compared to traditional Medicare, based on data from 18 states. Includes data by location of patient residence for rural, micropolitan, small metropolitan, and large metropolitan areas.
Author(s): Brian J. Moore, Lan Liang
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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American Indian and Alaska Native People: Social Vulnerability and COVID-19
Details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tribal areas and the social vulnerability of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Discusses poverty, household composition, and transportation access, among other factors.
Author(s): Elizabeth D. Hathaway
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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Providing Maternity Care in a Rural Northern Iowa Community
Describes how a rural Critical Access Hospital in Iowa has sustained its maternity care practice, and offers suggestions for other rural hospitals and communities seeking to retain local access to pregnancy and childbirth services.
Author(s): Alexandria Kristensen-Cabrera, Julia D. Interrante, Carrie Henning-Smith, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub
Presents regularly updated data on the COVID-19 pandemic in Alaska. Features reports, FAQs, and interactive maps detailing COVID-19 data.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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