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Rural Surgery Call Coverage: Innovative Locoregional Solutions Can Fill the Gap
Features rural locum tenens systems as possible templates to help provide call coverage for rural surgeons. Highlights a successful pilot Canadian Rural Locum Tenens Project and a collaboration with a surgical group in Ohio that helped provide surgical coverage for area rural hospitals.
Author(s): Stephen Hiscock, Michael Sarap
Citation: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons, 104(4), 52-54
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
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Rural Health Care Access: Research Report
Summarizes rural health priorities for rural and Appalachian counties to assist local public health departments in Ohio with the public health accreditation process. Provides information on access to healthcare services in rural and Appalachian counties and covers strategies to improving access to care.
Author(s): Michele Morrone, Cory Cronin, Shannon Nicks, Kristin Schuller
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Rural Health Institute
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Ohio
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Regional Forum Findings: A Component of the 2019 State Health Assessment
Reports on findings from five regional forums and an online survey of rural Appalachian and non-Appalachian, suburban, and urban counties in Ohio to inform the state health assessment and the state health improvement plan. Includes information on strengths, positive trends, challenges, negative trends, and priorities by rural and urban counties.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Amy Bush Stevens, Hailey Akah
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Suicide Rates in Rural Ohio: The Role of Population Density, Social Association, and Healthcare Access
Examines rural and urban county differences in adult suicide rates in Ohio from 2007 through 2016. Includes statistics on the cause of suicide death by rural and urban counties and data describing county-level suicide rates.
Author(s): Jared A. Embree, Timothy N. Crawford, Sara J. Paton
Citation: Ohio Journal of Public Health, 1(1)
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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Ohio Addiction Policy Inventory and Scorecard: Overdose Reversal and Other Forms of Harm Reduction
Describes changes in Ohio addiction policies related to overdose reversal and harm reduction. Examines the evidence supporting the policy changes and how they will address the needs of Ohio residents. Identifies existing gaps in policy and potential opportunities for improvement. Discusses barriers rural counties face, such as limited access to harm reduction services or healthcare specialists for treatment.
Additional links: Detailed Inventory Tables, Detailed Policy Scorecard, Executive summary
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Assessment of Child Health and Health Care in Ohio
Provides an overview of child health, well-being and healthcare in Ohio. Covers child health challenges and strengths, as well as demographic characteristics. Includes maps showing county-level data for the population ages 0-17 and 18-25 in 2017. Describes child health priorities for Appalachian and rural non-Appalachian areas of Ohio.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Snapshot
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Evidence-Based Interventions for Adolescent Opioid Use Disorder
Presents a study on interventions targeting Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in adolescents in Ohio. Focuses on interventions aimed at 11-18 year olds in three counties containing both rural and urban communities. Features a literature review of OUD interventions for adolescents.
Author(s): Christal Ramos, Lisa Clemans-Cope, Haley Samuel-Jakubos, Luis Basurto
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Assessing Effectiveness and Cost-Benefit of the Trinity Hospital Twin City Fit for Life Program for Weight Loss and Diabetes Prevention in a Rural Midwestern Town
Reports on Fit For Life (FFL), a health education program that works to address the causes of obesity in rural settings and helps program participants lose weight. Highlights discussion on assessing effectiveness, replication, and cost-effectiveness of lifestyle interventions in a rural Appalachian Ohio county. Covers lessons learned and practice implications.
Author(s): Timothy McKnight, Jennifer R. Demuth, Natalie Wilson, Jonathon P. Leider, Alana Knudson
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey
Provides state and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 states with Appalachian regions. Includes breakdowns by five levels of urban or rural county types.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Rural Child Welfare Practice
Discusses the needs and concerns of rural children and families, including healthcare and social services. Examines factors linked to child maltreatment, such as poverty, violence, and substance use, and features descriptions of successful programs designed to promote child welfare in rural areas of Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, and Colorado, and Appalachian Ohio and Kentucky.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Mental Health Disparities: Appalachian People
Breaks down the mental health disparities across Appalachia. Looks at behavioral health indicators, such as rates of depression, excessive drinking, and suicide, among others, as well as social determinants indicators, such as median household income, poverty, and education, among others.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Psychiatric Association
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A Qualitative Process Evaluation of a Diabetes Navigation Program Embedded in an Endocrine Specialty Center in Rural Appalachian Ohio
Describes an evaluation of a diabetes navigation program, a patient program at a endocrine specialty center in rural Appalachian Ohio. Examines program implementation and discusses the experiences of employees working at the specialty center including navigators, providers, health administrators, and office staff.
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Beverly, Jane Hamel-Lambert, Laura L. Jensen, Sue Meeks, Anne Rubin
Citation: BMC Endocrine Disorders, 18, 50
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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A New Approach to Reduce Infant Mortality and Achieve Equity: Policy Recommendations to Improve Housing, Transportation, Education and Employment
Describes new strategies to reduce infant mortality in Ohio. Discusses rural perspectives on multiple topics, including social determinants of health, housing, transportation, education, and employment, and how they relate to infant mortality.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Snapshot
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Behavioral Health Trends in Ohio
Covers publications focusing on behavioral health research in Ohio. Includes research briefs on a variety of topics, such as housing retention, care coordination, employment, social connectedness, and others, as they relate to behavioral health.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
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Health Policy Brief: Connections Between Income and Health
Presents a policy brief on income as a factor in health outcomes for people in Ohio. Looks at how healthcare access, health behavior, and overall health outcomes are related to individual and community income. Includes county-by-county income data.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry
Video highlighting a faith-based HIV/AIDS program in northeast Ohio that provides support groups, an HIV clinic, children's programs, a food and household item pantry, a housing program, and a peer navigator program.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Overdose Deaths Related to Fentanyl and Its Analogs — Ohio, January-February 2017
Reports findings from a study of 281 unintentional overdose fatalities in 25 Ohio counties from January-February 2017, checking for the presence of fentanyl analogs, opioids, and other drugs. Includes demographic and drug data by type of county, including data for rural and Appalachian counties.
Additional links: Errata
Author(s): Raminta Daniulaityte, Matthew P. Juhascik, Kraig E. Strayer, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(34), 904-908
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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2016 State of Poverty: A Portrait of Ohio Families
Discusses poverty in the state of Ohio, with a particular focus on the geography of poverty. Offers statistics and data regarding food insecurity and families in poverty included, as well as a comparison of rural, urban, and suburban rates.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
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Child Care Deserts
Analyzes 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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Trinity Hospital Twin City's Fit for Life
Video featuring the Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life wellness program in rural Ohio. Highlights Dr. Timothy McKnight’s unique curriculum which teaches participants that a change in mindset is the key to long-term physical health.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Change from the Inside Out: Ohio Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Bodies Through Healthy Minds
Profile of the Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life wellness program, which helps participants in rural Ohio lose weight and improve their health. Highlights how funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has helped this program grow over time.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Ohio's Appalachian Children at a Crossroads: A Roadmap for Action
Reports on the overall well-being of children in the Appalachian region of Ohio. Includes child health, food insecurity and nutrition, and demographic and economic overviews, along with recommendations for action.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Children's Defense Fund
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The Impact of Chronic Disease in Ohio: 2015
Reports the rates of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes in the state of Ohio by county. Includes statistics and data by age range, gender, income level, education, and risk factors. Offers rural specific data available for health disparities and social determinants of health.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Department of Health
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Distribution of Cardiovascular Disease and Associated Risk Factors by County Type and Health Insurance Status: Results from the 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey
Analyzes the health status of Ohio residents living in Appalachia with other rural and non-rural populations in Ohio. Uses 2008 Ohio Family Health Survey data to identify links among county demographics, health insurance coverage, and health outcomes in low-income adult populations.
Author(s): Mbabazi Kariisa, Eric Seiber
Citation: Public Health Reports, 130(1), 87-95
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Health Disparities Are Leaving Ohio's Rural Children Behind
Examines rural health disparities and their impact on children in rural, poverty stricken counties in Ohio, many in Appalachia. Investigates how limited access to nutritious food and healthcare providers has led to the health disparities in children. Offers policy recommendations to remedy the situation.
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Children's Defense Fund
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Food For Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Financing in Ohio
Describes the extent and implications of food deserts in rural and urban Ohio and outlines a solution by financing the construction of grocery stores in underserved areas.
Author(s): Jordan Tucker, Caroline Harries, Risa Waldoks
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Food Trust
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Health Policy Brief: The Role of Diversity in Ohio's Health Workforce
Discusses healthcare access for Ohio's underserved populations and strategies to help diversify Ohio's health workforce. Covers potential benefits of increasing the representation of people from rural areas, as well as other diverse backgrounds, in the health workforce.
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Health Policy Brief: The Health Policy Institute of Ohio's Telehealth Leadership Summit, Key Findings and Considerations
Presents key findings from a Telehealth Leadership Summit held in July 2013. Includes discussion on telehealth regulations and practices, healthcare professional shortages, and education and training.
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Health Disparities in Appalachia
Presents an interactive report and map that detail various healthcare and social determinants of health indicators for counties within the rural Appalachian region.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Center for Applied Research and Environmental Systems, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Ohio-Population.org
Provides access to county-level population data and projections for Ohio for the older adult population, as well as projections related to disabilities and mental illness by county for all age groups.
Type: Website
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The Ohio Poverty Report
Analyzes data from the American Community Survey from 2013-2017 to describe poverty in Ohio, including variation between counties.
Author(s): Don Larrick, Steven Kelley, Robert Schmidley
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Development Services Agency
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Ohio Rural Health Listserv
Quarterly electronic newsletter containing information on state and national news, upcoming events, and opportunities related to rural health. To sign-up, send an email to HealthPolicy@odh.ohio.gov requesting to be added to the rural health listserv.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Ohio State Office of Rural Health
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Ohio Health Care Provider Report and Information Extract
Identifies health care facilities licensed or certified by the Ohio Department of Health, Office of Health Assurance and Licensing. Includes Medicare/Medicaid certified hospitals, home health agencies, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Department of Health
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Ohio County Trends
Includes profiles for each county in Ohio, including demographics, socio-economic status, educational attainment, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Development Services Agency
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Ohio
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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Ohio 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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Ohio 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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Ohio 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: 4/3/2019