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Meadville Medical Center: Care Coordination for Adults and Children
Describes the Meadville Medical Center Community Care Network (CCN), an interdisciplinary team of clinicians who focus on using care coordination to help patients manage chronic conditions and achieve their health and wellness goals. CCN's goal is to engage patients and encourage them to take ownership of their health, thereby reducing hospital readmissions, conserving resources, and improving the health of the population.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Improving Rural Oral Health: Six States’ Response to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Strategic Framework
Findings brief describing how Colorado, Iowa, New Mexico, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina have responded to the Department of Health and Human Services' 2014-2017 goals for advancing oral health in America, with emphasis on programs available to children. Features statistics including number of dental insurance companies, number of public health dental clinics or Federally Qualified Health Centers providing oral health services, and number of full-time and part-time dentists and dental hygienists at these facilities in each of the six states.
Author(s): Amy B. Martin, Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Analysis of Pennsylvania Crash Statistics Data
Summary of vehicular crashes in rural versus urban Pennsylvania from 2010-2015, with a specific focus on the disproportionate number which occurred in rural areas. Includes a discussion of the barrier of geographic distance to care, availability of emergency service providers or law enforcement assistance, and the impact of the Marcellus Shale natural gas wells.
Author(s): Louis Pesci, Jeffrey Grim, Lucas Tatarko, Joseph Franze
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Health Insurance Coverage, Health Care Utilization, and Health Outcomes within the Context of Marcellus Shale Development
A discussion of the public health impacts of the Marcellus Shale natural gas well development in four Pennsylvania counties. Includes comparisons of health insurance coverage rates and availability; the burden of increased utilization of healthcare facilities and services; and health outcomes as they relate to the environmental effects of natural gas extraction.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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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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Addiction Recovery Mobile Outreach Team (ARMOT)
Video featuring the Addition Recovery Mobile Outreach Team (ARMOT), a rural Pennsylvania program that helps people access substance abuse treatment. ARMOT staff meet with patients to discuss treatment options and with patients’ families to provide education and support.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Pennsylvania State Health Assessment: 2016 Update
Statistical update to the 2013 State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) and the Health Innovation in Pennsylvania (HIP) priorities. These priorities include obesity, physical inactivity, and nutrition; primary care and preventative services; and mental health and substance use. Includes a discussion of rural healthcare workforce shortages in primary care, dental care, and mental health fields.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Health
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Pennsylvania
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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Status Check VI: Pennsylvania Rural Health Care
Presents an overview of challenges to providing healthcare in rural Pennsylvania. Includes chapters on health workforce recruitment and retention; access to primary care, emergency, perinatal, and elder care; insurance coverage; health disparities; and other health issues affecting rural Pennsylvania. Also contains a Rural Health Resource Directory with descriptions of organizations throughout the state that have an interest in improving rural healthcare.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Rural Health Association
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Pennsylvania Mobile Team Addresses Substance Use Disorders
Features the Addiction Recovery Mobile Outreach Team (ARMOT) program, which supports patients in the recovery process and educates medical staff on addiction and recovery. ARMOT is a collaboration of three hospitals, two substance abuse providers, and the Armstrong-Indiana-Clarion Drug and Alcohol Commission.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Domestic Violence Cases in Rural Pennsylvania Magisterial Courts: Practices, Effectiveness and Consequences
Results of a survey of judges in rural Pennsylvania courts as to the effectiveness of domestic violence case prosecution, with a focus on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV). Includes a discussion of reform history on both a national and state level, barriers to prosecution specific to rural communities, and statistics of types of charges filed versus convictions or dismissals.
Author(s): Gabriela Wasileski, Erika Davis-Frenzel
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Analysis of Domestic Violence Services in Rural Pennsylvania
A study of domestic violence services, such as shelter needs, community partnerships, and coalition building in rural Pennsylvania. Specific focus on barriers to services that impact rural areas.
Author(s): Gayatri Devi, Tara Mitchell, Nicole Burkholder-Mosco, et al.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Population Health Strategies of Critical Access Hospitals
Provides examples of population health strategies developed by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from 8 different rural communities that have significantly contributed to the improvement of population health and the health of their community.
Author(s): John Gale, Andrew Coburn, Karen Pearson, Zachariah Croll, George Shaler
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Network Spotlight: Mountain Health Alliance
Highlights the Cumberland, Maryland based Mountain Health Alliance (MHA), which works to advance a culture of health within the region's rural communities through collaboration and community engagement. Covers MHA's network characteristics, key learnings, accomplishments, and challenges faced through an interview with network director, Kimi-Scott McGreevy. MHA serves the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income populations in a three-state (PA, MD, WV), five-county region.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Pennsylvania State Health Improvement Plan 2015-2020
Multi-year strategic plan for the state, developed with the help of stakeholders in healthcare. Provides an outline of health concerns in Pennsylvania and goals for addressing them. Specific discussion of park and recreation needs in rural communities, Rural Health Clinics, and Rural Training Track programs.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Health
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Hospitalizations for Overdose of Pain Medication and Heroin
Presents information on hospitalizations in Pennsylvania for overdoses of pain medication and heroin between 2000 and 2014. Includes data for rural and urban counties.
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
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DataGram: Obesity Rates in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania
Provides two infographics illustrating obesity rates by county across Pennsylvania and statewide obesity rates by rural and urban residency.
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Heroin: Combating This Growing Epidemic in PA
A report of public hearings on the epidemic of heroin and opioid abuse and overdose deaths in Pennsylvania. Includes recommendations to the state for treatment and recovery services, as well as maps and statistics by county.
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Assessing Career Dissatisfaction and Plans to Leave Patient Care Among the Rural Pennsylvania Health Workforce
A survey of physician, physician assistant, dentist, and dental hygienist workforce to identify rural/urban differences in career satisfaction and plans to leave patient care. Includes data and statistics for demographics, practice settings, and contributing factors of dissatisfaction with their career.
Author(s): Brandon Vick, Margaret Gagel, David Yerger
Date: 05/2015
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Homelessness in Rural Pennsylvania
Analyzes existing data, surveys professionals, and summarizes information gathered to better understand homelessness in rural Pennsylvania. Makes recommendations to address the growing homeless population in the state.
Author(s): Heather Feldhaus, Avi Slone
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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County Profiles - Outpatient Procedures in FY2015
Presents county-by-county outpatient procedures data by facility type, common procedures, and payer.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
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County Profiles - Hospital Admissions in FY2015
Presents county-by-county hospital admissions data by hospital and patient characteristics, conditions, and payer. Compares county Medicare payments to state total.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
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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
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RCHN Community Health Foundation
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Successful Health Insurance Outreach, Education, and Enrollment Strategies for Rural Hospitals
Shares best practices for hospitals to use in health insurance outreach and enrollment efforts based on interviews with administrators, staff, and community representatives at eleven small rural hospitals. Also discusses certified application counselors, who help individuals enroll in health insurance, and the importance of using collaborative community partnerships to conduct insurance enrollment outreach and education.
Author(s): Walter Gregg, Alex Evenson, Adeniyi Togun
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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The Marcellus Shale Impacts Study: Chronicling Social and Economic Change in North Central and Southwest Pennsylvania
Report on the impact of the Marcellus Shale, a natural gas-bearing geological formation beneath portions of Pennsylvania. Segments of the report focus on the effects of the Shale on health, with symptoms ranging from skin rash to difficulty breathing. Also includes selected county level healthcare data and statistics.
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Comparisons of Cancer Incidence and Mortality for Rural vs. Urban Pennsylvania Counties, Rural Appalachian Counties, and Rural U.S. Counties
Reports that overall cancer incidence in men and women in rural Pennsylvania was significantly higher when compared to other rural counties throughout the United States. Specific cancers on which to focus prevention efforts include colorectal cancer and urinary bladder cancer for both genders. Gender-specific cancers that need screening efforts include prostate cancer for men, and breast cancer for women.
Author(s): Steven Godin, Samuel Lesko, Eugene Lengerich, et al.
Date: 07/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania State Health Assessment 2013
Provides information on health status, health risks and healthcare services in Pennsylvania. The section on healthcare services covers primary care and rural health data and statistics including health professional shortage areas.
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Health
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Pennsylvania Population Projections: 2010-2040
Provides population projections for Pennsylvania and its sixty-seven counties including the rural counties for 2010 to 2040. This population projection data, used in conjunction with other population data, is useful to public and private agencies for policy development, project planning, and program evaluation.
Author(s): Michael Behney, Sue Copella, Jennifer Shultz, Debbie Bowalick, Aaron Koontz, et al.
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Rural Pennsylvania: Where Is It Anyway?
A discussion of the many rural definitions used for the administration of public programming and research in regard to Pennsylvania. Includes county level maps for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Metropolitan-Non-Metropolitan; U.S. Census Bureau; RUCA Codes; and Center for Rural Pennsylvania county, municipality, and school district definitions.
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
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Telehealth in Rural Pennsylvania
Describes how and to what extent telehealth is being implemented in rural Pennsylvania.
Author(s): C.J. Rhoads, Gary Bankston, Justin Roach, Roger Jahnke, William Roth
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania DataGram: Teen Pregnancy Rates by County
Shows the teen pregnancy rates by county in Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2011. Reports the rural and urban teen pregnancy rates from 1999 to 2011.
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Home and Community-Based Alternatives to Nursing Home Care
Discusses the scope and magnitude of home and community-based care alternatives to nursing homes currently available in rural Pennsylvania and the current need for rural home and community-based care alternatives to nursing homes.
Author(s): Janet Ann Melnick, Geraldine Ferrer, Heather Shanks-McElroy, Sara Dunay
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Barriers to Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Women in Rural Central Pennsylvania: Primary Care Physicians' Perspective
Describes a study examining the beliefs of primary care physicians about colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and factors that may cause gender disparities in CRC screening in rural Pennsylvania. Includes analysis to identify potential solutions to overcome those barriers.
Author(s): Lara Rosenwasser, Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, Carol Weisman, et al.
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 13, 2504
Date: 10/2013
Type: Document
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Effects of PROSPER on the Influence Potential of Prosocial Versus Antisocial Youth in Adolescent Friendship Networks
Examines whether PROSPER, an evidence-based intervention, affects adolescent friendship networks with the goal of reducing potential peer influence toward antisocial behavior in 14 rural and small town school districts in Iowa and Pennsylvania. Discusses using social networks to address problem behaviors and potential implications to reduce potential peer influence encouraging problem behaviors, such as substance use and delinquency.
Author(s): D. Wayne Osgood, Mark E. Feinberg, Scott D. Gest, et al
Location: Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(2), 174-179
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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Food Assistance Program Outreach During the Recession
Assesses four major food assistance programs for their impact during the recession of December 2007 to June 2009.
Author(s): Suzanne McDevitt
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Analysis of Sexual Assault Data
Analyzes data collected by the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape from 2009 to 2011 to better understand the extent of reported sexual assaults in rural counties in Pennsylvania.
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Phones Enable Smart Wound Care in Rural Areas
Features nurses in rural Pennsylvania, who can use their smart phones to send images for diagnosis without the patients having to leave their homes. Features Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) in Loretto, PA, and Home Nursing Agency (HNA) in Altoona, PA.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2012(Summer)
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Examination of Rural County Veterans Affairs Offices
Examines how rural County Veterans Affairs Offices (CVAOs) in Pennsylvania are meeting the needs of veterans in that state.
Author(s): Michael Behney, Auden Thomas, Stephanie Wehnau, et al.
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Rural Pennsylvania Minority Population
Indicates that rural Pennsylvania is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse, as the number of rural minorities increased 62 percent from 2000 to 2010.
Date: 05/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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An Examination of Transportation Services Available to Rural Military Veterans for Medical Services
Reports on the services available to veterans in Pennsylvania and found that rural veterans have ongoing needs for healthcare and sometimes face significant challenges in accessing care.
Author(s): Marianne M. Hillemeier, Lisa Davis, Christopher Calkins, Barbara Kinne, Ann Myatt James
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Rural Pennsylvania and the 2010 Census
Reports that Pennsylvania’s rural population grew during the last decade, and that its population is now older and more diverse than it was in 2000. Provides background on several census measures as they pertain to rural Pennsylvania, including population, gender, race, homeownership, age, and more.
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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A Comparison of Regulated Child Care in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania
Provides a comparison of regulated child care in rural and urban counties in Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Elizabeth E. Manlove, Margaret S. Benson, Martha J. Strickland, Richard J. Fiene
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Receipt of Preventive Counseling Among Reproductive-aged Women in Rural and Urban Communities
Investigates the association between rurality and receiving preventive counseling among women in Central Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, Carol Weisman
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 11, 1617
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
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Survey of Emergency Management and Preparedness Agencies in Pennsylvania's Rural Counties
Includes an analysis of Pennsylvania emergency preparedness policies and budgets, an online survey of county and regional emergency preparedness practitioners, and interviews with state emergency preparedness officials.
Author(s): Thomas R. Mueller, Jamie D. Mitchem
Date: 07/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Direct Care Worker Training for Aging Clients with Developmental Disabilities
Reports that Pennsylvania policies governing direct care workers' training for aging and mental retardation/developmental disabilities services are inconsistent across provider facility types, even though the populations and their needs are often similar.
Author(s): J. Beth Mabry, M. Elizabeth Kemeny, Ashley Chateau, Loni Yatsko
Date: 07/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Analyses of Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Data for Rural Health Outcomes
Addresses the health conditions and risk factors of and the use of preventive services by Pennsylvania’s rural population.
Author(s): Kimberly Y.Z. Forrest, Yi Lin
Date: 05/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Rural Hospital Financial Conditions: Evaluating Financial Distress in Rural Pennsylvania Hospitals & An Analysis of Rural Hospital Financial Conditions
Over the study period of 1997 to 2006, the financial health of Pennsylvania rural hospitals was tenuous; and Critical Access Hospitals were among the worst performing. Trends also indicated that increased competition, physician recruitment and retention, and providing care for patients who are elderly, underinsured or uninsured are negatively impacting rural hospital finances.
Author(s): John M. Trussel, Patricia A. Patrick, Jami DelliFraine, et al.
Date: 03/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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The Sustainability of Rural Community Health Service Providers
Describes the role that Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers play within the healthcare delivery system in Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Linda K. Kanzleiter, Myron R. Schwartz, Hleziphi Naomie Nyanungo
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health 2015-2016 Annual Summary Report
Brief summary of the Pennsylvania SORH, including mission, vision, services offered, funding, and program highlights. Also provides brief statistics of healthcare facilities and rurality.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
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Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Strategic Plan, 2017-2019
Two year plan of action for the State Office of Rural Health in Pennsylvania. Includes areas of focus such as the strengthening of rural health care delivery systems, community and population health, areas of unmet need, advocacy, continuing education, and expansion of infrastructure.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
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Pennsylvania 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
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Pennsylvania
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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Pennsylvania 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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Pennsylvania 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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Pennsylvania 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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Center for Rural Pennsylvania Newsletter
Newsletter focused on rural and small communities in Pennsylvania. Includes some topics relevant to rural healthcare and population health.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Last Updated: 12/14/2017