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Massachusetts Resources

Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Resources and information on Massachusetts's response to COVID-19, including guidance and directives, hotlines, and information on cases in the state.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health
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Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association - COVID-19
Features resources pertaining to COVID-19 in Massachusetts. Presents information, frequently asked questions, provider toolkits, and best practices for hospitals.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Massachusetts
Shows the state's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Geography of Uninsurance in Massachusetts: An Update for 2013-2017
Identifies high-uninsurance communities in Massachusetts using three measures: uninsurance rate, number of uninsured, and concentration of uninsured. Describes socioeconomic characteristics of high-uninsurance communities and uninsured residents. Supplemental tables include data by county, county subdivision, place, and additional geographies.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Michael Karpman, Dulce Gonzalez, Sharon K. Long
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, Urban Institute
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Thirty Miles at Sea — Providing Consistent Care in an Inconsistent Environment
Discusses the challenges of providing emergency department care on the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts, where the population fluctuates widely from the off-season to the summer. Describes how Nantucket Cottage Hospital transitioned from an ad hoc system of rotating physicians, to using a professional staffing group, as a way to ensure adequate coverage and focus on providing quality care rather than scheduling.
Author(s): Margot Hartmann, Jason Graziadei
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 376(14), 1306-1307
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
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White Paper on Rural Housing Issues in Massachusetts
Documents challenges to affordable housing for rural communities in Massachusetts. The findings of this report support a holistic approach to housing in rural areas that includes healthcare as a contributing factor.
Author(s): Massachusetts Housing Partnership
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
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Community Health Center Growth & Sustainability: State Profiles From the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States
Provides health and economic data, and Medicaid policy information regarding community health centers (CHCs) in rural and urban areas, from 13 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia.
Author(s): Dan Lowenstein, Nancy Lager, Tom Manning, et al.
Date: 12/2014
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Primary Care Development Corporation, RCHN Community Health Foundation
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Special Commission on Rural Access and Improving State-Sponsored Services in Massachusetts Rural Communities
A report to the governor and the general court of the state of Massachusetts detailing the conditions affecting rural health and the goals to improve the quality of life for rural residents in the state. Offers recommendations to strengthen rural health service delivery in the state focusing on access, workforce planning, technology, service delivery, and policies.
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services
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Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RF-DASH)
Provides farm safety resources for rural firefighters in 7 states. Provides access to free online tools with registration: SaferFarm.org, which analyzes hazardous elements on farms that could lead to injury, and NFMCFarmMapper.com, which helps fire departments preplan their response to fires on farms.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Upper Midwest Agriculture Safety and Health Center
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Massachusetts Current Opioid Statistics
Features quarterly data on opioid-related overdose deaths, prescription monitoring, and opioid-related emergency services data for Massachusetts. Includes county-level data.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Massachusetts Office of Health and Human Services
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Cancer-Rates.info
Contains cancer incidence and mortality data for a number of states, with the option to view data by county, cancer type, gender, race and ethnicity, and in most cases, rural/urban geography.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Massachusetts
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Massachusetts KIDS COUNT Data Center
Provides data on child well-being for the state. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Massachusetts QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Massachusetts State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Last Updated: 8/28/2020