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Longitudinal Analysis of Nut-Inclusive Diets and Body Mass Index Among Overweight and Obese African American Women Living in Rural Alabama and Mississippi, 2011-2013
Results of a weight loss intervention among 383 overweight women in 8 rural counties, comparing intake of nuts and other obesity-related foods with body mass index (BMI), over a 24-month period. Features statistics including income, education, and rates of consumption of various foods.
Author(s): Samara R. Sterling, Brenda Bertrand, Suzanne Judd, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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Medical Center Barbour Reduces Readmission Rates
Highlights the accomplishments of Medical Center Barbour (MCB), a prospective payment system (PPS) hospital located in Eufaula, Alabama, as it progressed through a Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) quality of care and transition of care project. MCB's top accomplishments include reducing readmissions, improving communication among staff and patients, and enhancing the discharge process.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Tuberculosis And Rural Health Care In America
Episode of WBUR's On Point radio program, featuring discussion of a tuberculosis outbreak in rural Perry county, Alabama. Describes attempts to screen and treat low-income patients, despite many residents' mistrust of the medical profession. Panelists include the author of a recent Harper's Magazine article about tuberculosis in the Black Belt, a Perry County doctor, a University of Alabama professor of rural medicine, and a healthcare reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Audio
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Monroe County Hospital Achieving Outcomes
Examines the gains made by Monroe County Hospital (MCH), located in Monroeville, Alabama, as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. During the project, the 35-bed prospective payment system (PPS) hospital focused on improving patient education and transitions of care, integrating pharmacists, implementing bedside reporting, and reducing readmission rates. The changes have resulted in improved community engagement and prepared MCH for value-based purchasing.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey
Provides state and county-level data on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Includes breakdowns by five levels of urban or rural county types.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Alabama
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Picture of the Loss of Rural Obstetrical Service in Alabama Since 1980
Two maps comparing Alabama counties providing obstetrical service in 1980 with those providing the service as of March 2016. Includes statistics for the counties defined as rural.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Definition: Rural Alabama (Policy Brief)
State-specific definition for health policy, used to identify rural people, places, and healthcare providers. Based on geographic units that allow the identification of population or provider characteristics.
Author(s): William H. Coleman
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Rural Health Association
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Peer Coaches to Improve Diabetes Outcomes in Rural Alabama: A Cluster Randomized Trial
Discusses the results of a study comparing the effects of peer-coaching intervention that includes brief education vs. brief education alone on diabetes patients living in under resourced settings of rural Alabama.
Author(s): Monika M. Safford, Susan Andreae, Andrea L. Cherrington, et al.
Location: Annals of Family Medicine, 13(Suppl 1), 18–S26.
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Financing in Alabama
Outlines the extent and implications of food deserts within rural and urban Alabama and outlines a solution by financing the construction of grocery stores in underserved areas.
Author(s): Brian Lang, Julia Koprak, David Treering
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Food Trust
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A Community-Based, Culturally Relevant Intervention to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Middle-Aged African American Women in Rural Alabama: Findings from a Group Randomized Controlled Trial
Examines a community-based, culturally relevant intervention to promote healthy eating and physical activity among African American women between the ages of 45-65 living in rural Alabama. Includes study participant demographic data at the starting baseline and a 24 month follow up. Covers healthy lifestyle data at the starting baseline, 12 month, and 24 month follow up for dietary and physical activity measures.
Author(s): Isabel C. Scarinci, Artisha Moore, Theresa Wynn, et al.
Location: Preventive Medicine, 69, 13-20
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
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The Economic Impact of Rural Family Physicians Practicing Obstetrics
Reports on a study to identify the economic benefit of rural family physicians practicing obstetrics in rural, underserved Alabama.
Author(s): Daniel M. Avery Jr., Dwight E. Hopper, John T. McDonald Jr., et al.
Location: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 27(5), 602-610
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Alabama Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps)
Map identifying the Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) in Alabama.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Alabama Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Map of Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Designations in Alabama.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Alabama Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Map of Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) Designations in Alabama.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Alabama Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas
Map of Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Designations in Alabama.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Identifying Environmental Health Priorities in Underserved Populations: A Study of Rural Versus Urban Communities
Reports on a study using community engaged focus groups to compare environmental health concerns among minorities in rural and urban communities in Alabama.
Author(s): M.C. Bernhard, M.B. Evans, S.T. Kent, et al.
Location: Public Health, 127(11), 994-1004
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
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Care Management for Medicaid Enrollees Through Community Health Teams
Presents data from a 2011–2012 review of state Medicaid medical home programs in eight states. Identifies community health team programs including FQHCs and RHCs that provide an array of services, including care coordination to self-management coaching. Includes small or rural practices.
Author(s): Mary Takach, Jason Buxbaum
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Internet Connectivity Among Rural Alabama Veterans: Baseline Findings From the Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative Project
Examines the use of the internet to access Veterans Affairs (VA) programs by those who had not accessed or never enrolled in services in rural Alabama. Specific focus given to disparities based on geographic, social/economic, and racial/ethnic factors.
Author(s): Rebecca Allen, Rosanna Guadagno, Patricia Parmelee, et al.
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 12, 2138
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
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Collaborative Leadership: Partnerships Between Regional Development Organizations and Community Foundations
Explores the strategies and rewards behind eight partnerships between community foundations and rural development organizations in Alabama, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The Alabama example includes a community health project.
Author(s): Parrish Bergquist, Kathy Nothstine, Anju Chopra
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Alabama Rural Health Plan
Examines health status indicators in rural Alabama. Includes the number of actively practicing primary care physicians in Alabama by age. Identifies the number of primary care physicians, dentists, and psychiatrists per 10,000 people for each county in Alabama.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative: A Preliminary Evaluation of Unmet Health Care Needs
Reports on the Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative, which aims to better understand the health care needs, health status, and barriers to care for rural veterans.
Author(s): Lori L. Davis, Stefan G. Kertesz, Ann F. Mahaney-Price, et al.
Location: Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 26(3), 14-31
Date: 2011
Type: Document
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Alabama Primary Care Physician Shortage Issue Brief
Highlights the primary care physician shortage in Alabama. Offers recommendations to increase the number of primary care providers in rural and underserved areas of the state.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Rural Health Association
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Alabama Health Disparities Status Report 2010
Relays data and information about economic, social, health, and lifestyle conditions that lead to health disparities within Alabama's minority populations. Addresses health care access issues in rural areas of the state.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health
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Alabama Community Health Resource Guide
Helps grassroots organizations and health professionals identify local and regional health status issues, integrate issues of rural health care into economic development and community planning, assist communities with grant writing, and provide baseline health date for evaluation of community programs.
Date: 09/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Selected Indicators of Health Status in Alabama: Alabama’s Rural and Urban Counties
Presents information on major factors related to rural health care in Alabama and provides a numerical and graphical picture of the current and future rural population and their health care needs.
Date: 10/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Kid One: Transporting Children to Better Health
Delivers children and expectant mothers, with limited or no transportation access, to health care services throughout the state of Alabama.
Type: Website
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Alabama Health Centers Research & Data
Provides maps of FQHC locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Alabama Rural Health Links
Provides access to Alabama resources and organizations related to rural health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Rural Health Association
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Alabama
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Alabama QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Alabama KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Alabama State Health Facts
The latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Alabama Rural Health Association Newsletter
Email newsletter sent out periodically addressing Alabama rural health news and events.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Rural Health Association
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Last Updated: 11/16/2017