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Illinois Resources

Rural Illinois in Numbers: Content-Valid Indicators for Governance
Reports on quality of life (QOL) measures in Illinois such as economic conditions, access to healthcare, educational attainment, crime rates, and more. Includes metro versus nonmetro comparisons using data spanning from 2000 to 2020.
Author(s): Adee Athiyaman
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
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State of the State: An Update on Illinois' Opioid Statistics
Presents Illinois opioid statistics as well as national statistics. Includes 2019-2021 Illinois opioid fatality rate by rural, small urban, suburban, and urban county. Presents statewide overdose data by substance type as well as specifically opioid overdose data by user age and user race/ethnicity.
Author(s): Jennifer Epstein
Date: 06/2022
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Department of Public Health
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Mapping the Lay of the Land: Using Interactive Network Analytic Tools for Collaboration in Rural Cancer Prevention and Control
Examines collaborative networks and referrals to understand how cancer control and prevention service areas are connected in rural areas. Provides responses from 152 multisector networks that address cancer risk in Missouri and Illinois such as community partners, health departments and facilities, schools, Federally Qualified Health Centers, and more. Discusses collaborations such as exchanging information, promoting services and programs, development or resources and services, among other themes.
Author(s): Bobbi J. Carothers, Peg Allen, Callie Walsh-Bailey, et al.
Citation: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 31(6), 1159-1167
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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Structural and Community Changes During Covid-19 and Their Effects on Overdose Precursors among Rural People Who Use Drugs: A Mixed-Methods Analysis
Discusses the impact COVID-19 had on structural interventions to prevent drug overdose from August 2020 to May 2021 in rural Illinois. Reports on quantitative survey data such as drug use history and COVID-19 impacts of 50 participants and includes interview responses related to themes such as employment, housing, stigma, mental health, and drug market disruptions from 17 participants.
Author(s): Suzan M. Walters, Rebecca S. Bolinski, Ellen Almirol, et al.
Citation: Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 17
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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Healthcare Accessibility for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Descriptive Study of Rural Health Care Systems
Reports on survey results from 18 hospitals associated with rural healthcare systems regarding accessibility tools for deaf or hard of hearing patients. Presents information on tools for communication, perspectives on available tools, and types of available education for healthcare workers caring for deaf and hard of hearing patients.
Author(s): Amanda Reinhart
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
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COVID-19 and the Rural Opioid Epidemic: Recommendations to Improve Health in Illinois
Examines the rural Opioid epidemic in Illinois and offers policy recommendations to increase access to Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) centers, engaging populations involved with the criminal justice system, and expanding harm reduction services. Offers data on state opioid fatality rates with rural and urban comparisons and monthly mortality rates based on state Department of Public Health data.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: SIU Medicine Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development, SIU Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy, University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health
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COVID-19 and the Rural Health Workforce: Recommendations to Improve Health in Illinois
Provides an overview of the healthcare workforce in rural Illinois and describes the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers policy recommendations to strengthen the rural health workforce in the state, improve service delivery, and enhance access to specialty care via telehealth services.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Illinois University (SIU) Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy
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State Cross-Agency Collaboration During the COVID-19 Pandemic Response
Examines cross-agency approaches to COVID-19 response efforts in Illinois, Indiana, and Rhode Island. Identifies key themes, lessons, and best practices for other states to consider when preparing for future public health emergencies. Highlights efforts to serve rural populations.
Author(s): Elinor Higgins, Rebecca Cooper
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Illinois Registered Nurse Workforce Survey Report 2020
Reports on Illinois nursing workforce with information on demographics, human capital, earnings, and more, based on data from the Illinois Nurse (RN) Workforce Survey. Appendix D includes estimates of nursing staff by county and nurse to population ratios.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Illinois Nursing Workforce Center
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COVID-19 Vaccine Communications Campaign Online Analysis
Provides links to online communication tools and state-level resources to increase COVID-19 vaccination confidence across the 8 Delta Regional Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program states: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Legato Healthcare Marketing, National Rural Health Resource Center
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Last Updated: 11/14/2022