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Georgia Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA)
Map showing Georgia primary care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) by county and/or census tract.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Georgia Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (MHPSA)
Map showing Georgia counties identified as Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Ensuring Access with a Hospital’s Conversion to a Freestanding Emergency Department
Outlines Ellijay, Georgia-based North Georgia Medical Center's transition from a traditional community hospital to a freestanding emergency department (ED). Shares administrative, legal, and logistical challenges that, once overcome, resulted in Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Emergency Services - a successful, community-focused freestanding ED.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Georgia Medically Underserved Area/Population (MUA/P)
Map identifying the Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) in Georgia by county.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Georgia Rural Health Clinics (RHC)
Map showing locations of Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) by county in Georgia.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Georgia Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (DHPSA)
Map showing Georgia counties designated as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Georgia Counties with Rural and Critical Access Hospitals
Map showing locations of hospitals in Georgia counties designated as rural and locations of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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State of Georgia Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC)
Map identifies the location of Federally Qualified Health Centers by county in Georgia.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Georgia State Office of Rural Health: Fact Sheet
Provides overview of activities and programs sponsored by the State Office of Rural Health, the State Primary Care Office, and the Hospital Services Program. Includes statistics on Georgia Critical Access Hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, and Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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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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Hurricane Response: CMS Waivers and Exceptions for Facilities
Outlines the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' response to Hurricanes Nate, Maria, Irma, and Harvey. The actions are focused on maintaining access to care for affected Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Includes information about administrative actions and waivers for Critical Access Hospitals, Medicare-dependent small rural hospitals, low-volume providers, and other participating facilities.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Georgia
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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Child Care Deserts
A report analyzing child care centers by zip code in eight states, with a specific focus on how limited or complete lack of access disproportionately affects rural areas. Includes a discussion of what constitutes a child care desert and what may prevent families from finding needed care, such as prohibitive cost based on income ratio.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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The State of the State of Maternal & Infant Health in Georgia: Where We Have Been, Where We are Now, and What We Can Do
Summary of health data related to topics including prenatal care, fetal and infant mortality, live births, maternal disease and mortality, and maternal use of alcohol and drugs. Offers recommendations for improvements in obstetrical offices, legislation, public/private partnerships, and data collections. Includes statistics related to fetal, infant, and maternal health in Georgia with breakdowns by demographics and urban or rural locations.
Author(s): Merrilee Gober
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Department of Community Health
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Prescribing Remedies for Georgia’s Medical Provider Shortage
An overview of Health Professional Shortage Areas in Georgia, with statistics and data by county for practitioner gaps. Includes suggestions for recruitment and retention such as increased medical education, workforce development, changes in scope of practice restrictions, increases in insurance coverage, and protection/support for current hospitals.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
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Characteristics of Medicaid Beneficiaries Who Use Rural Health Clinics
Describes the population of Rural Health Clinic (RHC) users from North Carolina, Georgia, California, and Texas to assist in policy making and in research, using CMS Medicaid claim data from RHCs, or from healthcare providers practicing under the RHC program.
Author(s): Marisa Domino, Seth Tyree, Regina Rutledge, et al.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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The Two Georgias: Addressing Health Equity in Rural Georgia
A series of articles discussing health disparities between rural and urban Georgia. Includes sections devoted to literature reviews, qualitative research, population science, needs assessments, and public health practices. Topics range from rural hospital closure, access and use of EMS services, and teen pregnancy, to social determinants of health as connected to childcare programs.
Location: Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association, 5(4), 294-404
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Public Health Association
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Perceived Ease of Access to Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Substances in Rural and Urban US Students
Examines differences in perceived ease of access to both legal and illegal substances for adolescents in rural and urban areas of Georgia. Provides statistics with breakdowns by substance, rural/urban, and middle versus high school students.
Author(s): Jacob Warren, K. Bryant Smalley, K. Nikki Barefoot
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 15, 3397
Date: 10/2015
Type: Document
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Grandparent Caregiving Among Rural African Americans in a Community in the American South: Challenges to Health and Wellbeing
Findings from an interview-based qualitative study analyzing grandparent caregiving among low-income, African American grandmothers in rural Georgia, and discusses the challenges to their health associated with child caregiving.
Author(s): Emmanuel Clottey, Alison Scott, Moya Alfonso
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 15, 3313
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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Rural Health and Healthcare in Georgia: 2015 Georgia Poll Results
Provides a summary of a public opinion survey conducted with rural residents in Georgia to identify their personal perceptions regarding accessibility, affordability, and quality of healthcare in their communities.
Author(s): Matthew Towery
Location: Health Voices, 2015, 1
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
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Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee Final Report to the Governor
Report to the governor of Georgia addressing the financial instability of rural healthcare facilities in the state. Includes recommendations for a "hub and spoke" model and expansion of scope of work for nurse practitioners and physician assistants.
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee
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The Ethics of Place: Differences in Ethical Perspectives Among Urban, Suburban, and Rural Physicians in Georgia
A discussion of the impact of geographic location (urban, suburban, rural) on the ethical decision making process of physicians in Georgia. Organized into eight areas of comparison including payment and conflict of interest; access to care; boundary and dual role issues; patient autonomy issues; sociological and cultural differences; truth-telling and professionalism; stress and burnout; and ethics training/leadership. Includes rural-urban difference statistics for each area.
Author(s): Mary Eleanor E. Wickersham, Jean Rawlings Sumner
Location: Online Journal of Health Ethics, 11(2)
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Stratus Healthcare Integrated Network
Provides a case study on Stratus Healthcare Integrated Network, which brought 30 hospitals, 16 health systems, and approximately 2,000 physicians and 22,000 employees together to improve care coordination and care quality for patients in Georgia. Offers details on the partnership, its outcomes, and lessons learned for the future, especially regarding the network's implementation and impact in rural areas.
Additional links: Network Overview Poster
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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A Study of Georgia's Dental Workforce 2012
An overview of the state's dental workforce, including county-level information. Identifies counties that lack dentists and travel time for residents in these counties to access a dentist.
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Local Programs Help Patients Navigate Medical Care
A look at patient navigator programs in four states: a statewide program in Georgia; a program in Kentucky for cervical cancer patients; a promotores program in Texas for chronic conditions; and a coordinated care program for cancer patients in Vermont.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2012(Spring)
Date: 05/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Critical Access Hospital Financial Analyses 2011, Executive Summary
Provides detailed financial reports of and comparisons between all Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) in Georgia for 2011.
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Salud es Vida: Development of a Cervical Cancer Education Curriculum for Promotora Outreach With Latina Farmworkers in Rural Southern Georgia
Discusses the development and evaluation of a community health worker curriculum projected to inform Hispanic farmworker women about cervical cancer, human papillomavirus (HPV), and the HPV vaccine.
Author(s): John S. Luque, Mondi Mason, Claudia Reyes-Garcia, et al.
Location: American Journal of Public Health, 101(12), 2233-2235
Date: 12/2011
Type: Document
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State of Georgia Rural Health Plan
Presents data, priorities, best practices, and key resources for community and state agencies to use as a toolkit to promote programs and policies for rural health. Features county-level statistics including key health indicators comparing rural and urban Georgia.
Date: 09/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State Office of Rural Health
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Georgia 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
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Georgia
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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Georgia 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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Georgia 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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Georgia 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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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Georgia Resources.


Last Updated: 12/12/2017