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African American Exposure to Prescribed Fire Smoke in Georgia, USA
Study examining exposure to air pollution from prescribed burning affecting predominantly African American communities in rural Georgia. Discusses conservation-based prescribed burning practices in Georgia and land ownership dynamics, offering a census tract analysis of African American, Hispanic American, and White residence in relation to burn areas. Provides maps indicating spatial distribution of burn permits for conservation lands, government lands, commercial lands, and private landowner lands with approximate percentages of African American population for each census tract.
Author(s): Cassandra Johnson Gaither, Sadia Afrin, Fernando Garcia-Menendez, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(17), 3079
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
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Georgia Physician Assistant Workforce Report: Based on 2017-2018 Licensure Renewal Data
Measures and tracks trends in physician assistant demographics, supply, and distribution. Features county-level maps and statistics for Georgia physician assistants, with breakdowns by primary care or core specialty and location in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan practice settings.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Board of Health Care Workforce
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Sickle Cell Data Collection Program Brief: Births in Georgia, 2004-2016
Policy brief intended to inform decision-makers how gaps in diagnosis, treatment, and access to care for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) can be addressed through policy changes, improved healthcare, and education. Features statistics on SCD births in Georgia from 2004-2016 and includes a Georgia map showing numbers of SCD births by county of residence from 2004-2016.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Bacon County Hospital Advances Toward Population Health
Highlights a 25-bed acute care hospital in Alma, Georgia that worked with the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project to improve its finances and operations. Summarizes projects that expanded telemedicine services, increased point-of-service collections, built awareness of quality performance and services, and addressed community needs.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Georgia House of Representatives Study Committee on Maternal Mortality
Provides an overview of issues related to maternal health, prenatal care, and postnatal care in Georgia. Compares mortality rates for rural and urban Georgia women, and discusses shortages of prenatal care, obstetric services, and postpartum care in rural Georgia communities. Features statistics on leading causes of pregnancy-related death in Georgia, percentage of these deaths determined to be preventable, and timing of deaths in relation to pregnancy.
Author(s): Sharon Cooper, Mark Newton, Chuck Efstration, et al.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia House of Representatives Budget & Research Office
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Identifying Priority and "Bright-Spot" Counties for Diabetes Preventive Care in Appalachia: An Exploratory Analysis
Details a study of type 2 diabetes prevalence and mortality in rural Appalachian counties and compares rates with non-Appalachian counties.
Author(s): Peter J. Mallow, Michael Topmiller, Jennifer Rankin, Jene Grandmont, David Grolling
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 1(1), 27-33
Date: 2019
Type: Document
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Serum Cotinine Versus Parent Reported Measures of Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Rural Appalachian Children
Highlights a study of secondhand smoke exposure in Appalachian children. Features data collected from children aged 7-9 and compares rates to national and Appalachian-state rates.
Author(s): Samrat Yeramaneni, Kimberly Yolton, Kurunthachalam Kannan, Kim N. Dietrich, Erin N. Haynes
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 1(1), 15-26
Date: 2019
Type: Document
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The Social Determinants of Health and the Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy: Implications for Appalachia
Study explores life expectancy in the U.S. and compares these trends to those in Appalachia. Looks at social determinants of health such as substance use, injuries, and suicide, among others, as possible contributing factors.
Author(s): Steven H. Woolf, Heidi Schoomaker, Latoya Hill, Christine M. Orndahl
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 1(1), 6-14
Date: 2019
Type: Document
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Salud es Vida: A Cervical Cancer Screening Intervention for Rural Latina Immigrant Women
Investigates the feasibility and effectiveness of Salud Es Vida, an educational group session led by promotoras focused on cervical cancer screening and increased cervical cancer knowledge among immigrant Hispanic/Latina women from farmworker environments. The intervention was conducted in four rural counties of Southeast Georgia and included the development of a toolkit offering a curriculum guide and class activities created in partnership with promotoras.
Author(s): John S. Luque, Yelena N. Tarasenko, Claudia Reyes-Garcia, et al.
Citation: Journal of Cancer Education, 32(4), 690-699
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
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Private Health Insurance in Georgia
Describes trends in private health insurance coverage in Georgia. Addresses the demographics of who is covered, cost, and whether it is purchased individually or obtained through an employer. Highlights differences between rural and urban areas.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Last Updated: 3/18/2022