Topics: Health disparities

For more information and resources, see RHIhub’s Rural Health Disparities topic guide.

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: Involving Rural America in Research

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A new diagnosis of cancer? Of a rare disease? Or a chronic medical problem with seemingly no new treatment? The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences is supporting investigators and ensuring that their cutting-edge science gets to the people who need it. Translational science teams in Arkansas, Florida and Washington are making that happen in the rural areas of their states.

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October 23, 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

Bringing Change for Rural COPD Patients: Possibilities with the COPD National Action Plan

3D imagery of COPD lungs


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is number 3 on the cause of death list. In rural America, it’s the sole major chronic disease with increasing death rates. In May 2017, the COPD National Action Plan, a “blueprint for a multi-faceted, unified fight against the disease” was released. Rural stakeholders share perspectives of just how rural Americans with COPD might benefit from the plan’s rural touchpoints.

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August 9, 2017

“Doing Something Exceptional”: Rural Communities and Colorectal Cancer Screening

graphic of colorectal cancer


Colorectal cancer stands out as a cancer with increased incidence and mortality rates in rural areas – rates that are likely influenced by lack of screening. Using different approaches, two rural healthcare organizations in Idaho and Kentucky show how they are saving lives by improving colorectal cancer screening rates in their communities.

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July 12, 2017

Rural Health Literacy: Understanding Skills and Demands is Key to Improvement

displays definition of health literacy


Every rural provider has a horror story attached to low health literacy. Health literacy, or getting, understanding, and using health information, involves two sides. Researchers and experts explain that by understanding both the skills and demands side of health literacy, providers and organizations can help their patients move to improved health.

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April 19, 2017

New CDC Series Looks at Rural Health Topics

CDC MMWR Rural Health Series webpage


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will focus on rural health issues in a special series of its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that will run throughout 2017. Learn about the impetus for the series, topics that will be featured, and upcoming webinars to share findings from the series.

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February 22, 2017

Exploring High Infant and Maternal Mortality Rates in the Rural U.S. with Dr. Ali Mokdad

Dr. Ali Mokdad


Dr. Ali Mokdad uncovers reasons behind the United States’ high infant and maternal mortality rates. A Professor of Global Health at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and Head Faculty Member on U.S. Studies at the University of Washington, Dr. Mokdad shares his perspective on this issue through a rural lens.

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October 5, 2016

Change from the Inside Out: Ohio Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Bodies Through Healthy Minds

Dr. McKnight teaching the Fit for Life course


A unique wellness program in rural Ohio has impacted nearly 2,000 adults. Participants of Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life program have reversed their diabetes, lowered cholesterol, lost weight, and are even sleeping better. The secret lies in Dr. Timothy McKnight’s curriculum that centers around a change of mindset to spur long-term physical health.

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August 24, 2016