Articles

A collection of articles that support feature stories in the Rural Monitor.

Understanding Rural Health Departments: Do They Have Unique Accreditation Needs?

clipboard listing rural public health department accreditation considerations


Governance, organizational size, and other factors may impact rural local health departments’ ability to take on voluntary accreditation. In addition to a brief review of these issues, accreditation officials, professional societies, and researchers share how they are working together to better understand these challenges in order to foster equity for all public health departments desiring accreditation.

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December 18, 2019

Taney County Health Department: Accreditation and Holding to a Higher Standard

Taney County Health Department logo


Sharing how national and state voluntary accreditation helps their department meet the public health needs of their county’s population — and its 8 million yearly visitors — Missouri’s Taney County Health Department director Leslie Marshall also provides tips and ideas for other rural health departments thinking about accreditation.

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December 18, 2019

Office-Based Spirometry: Key to Diagnosing Rural COPD Patients

graphic depicting spirometry process


Chronic obstructive lung disease, or COPD, is a disease with a stronghold in rural America: almost double the prevalence and double the mortality rates compared to large urban areas. Though it is a condition with no cure, it’s a condition that has treatments — and hope — making proper diagnosis by spirometry imperative.

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November 20, 2019

Translational Science: Research with Results that Touch Rural Populations

graphic depicting three aspects of translation science - develop, demonstrate, disseminate


Translational science is a specialized research field bringing cutting-edge science to patients that need it. Making sure rural communities are also recipients of new research, the National Center for Advancing Translational Science is a federal agency that facilitates the steps and supports the investigators who want their findings to translate into better health.

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October 23, 2019

The Rural-ness of Social Isolation: Information from Recent Public Health Research

Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith presenting research findings.


Considered social determinants of health, social isolation and loneliness impact health. The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center’s Deputy Director, Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, explains how these determinants impact rural Americans based on information from her team’s recent studies.

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July 10, 2019

Looking at Vision-related Data: Research Gaps and Eye Care Guidelines

eye exam; image source: National Eye Institute


Public health experts, researchers, and organizations who are concerned about eye health in rural America note new data collection efforts to be able to better understand vision care needs. Screening guidelines also play an important part in vision care in rural America.

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January 9, 2019