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FY 2020: HRSA's Rural Health Grants – Pennsylvania Fact Sheet
HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy investments in Pennsylvania in Fiscal Year 2020. Lists grant and cooperative agreement recipients, award amounts, award recipient locations, and congressional district.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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COVID-19 in Appalachia
Offers information, data, and resources for addressing COVID-19 in the Appalachian region. Includes county level COVID-19 confirmed case counts with economic status and its impact on key socioeconomic indicators. Provides additional information for Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) grantees.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania - COVID-19 Resources
Highlights resources and information pertaining to the COVID-19 crisis for Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems. Features information on testing, treatment, and supplies.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Department of Health - Coronavirus​ (COVID-19)
Resources and information on Pennsylvania's response to COVID-19, including resources for healthcare providers and facilities, state registrar notices, and information on cases in the state.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Health
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Pennsylvania Department of Human Services - COVID-19 Guidance & Resources​
Offers COVID-19 related information and resources focused on human services for providers, individuals, families and businesses. Topics covered include child care, income maintenance, long-term living, medical assistance programs, and mental health and substance abuse services.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
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Barriers & Challenges to FQHC Use of Telehealth for Substance Use Disorder: An Examination of Policies Affecting FQHCs Pre- and During the COVID-19 Emergency
Describes barriers for implementing telehealth medication assisted treatment (MAT) programs in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) prior to COVID-19 in Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and where entities received funding from the Health Resources Services Administration for substance use disorder projects. Includes analysis on the policies that have impacted FQHCs' ability to deliver MAT via telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and features a chart showing changes to Medicare and Medicaid telehealth policies for FQHC MAT services.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Connected Health Policy: The National Telehealth Policy Resource Center
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High COVID-19 Mortality Risk in Pennsylvania's Rural Counties
Discusses the risk of COVID-19-related hospitalization or death in Pennsylvania rural counties, due to high prevalence rates of chronic disease and percentage of populations age 65 or older. Features a map showing variation in chronic health comorbidities in Pennsylvania counties.
Additional links: Interactive Map
Author(s): Raeven Faye Chandler, Shannon M. Monnat, Yue Sun
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion
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Pennsylvania Hospital Transitions HRSA-Funded Program to Online Services and Addresses COVID-19 Stress
Features Butler Memorial Hospital and how it adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights the switch to online delivery for a chronic disease project funded by a HRSA Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant. Also describes initiatives to address healthcare workforce stress, help patients use tablets to visit with loved ones, and distribute healthy food to the community.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Pennsylvania
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: 07/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Chartbook
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 Appalachian states. Features statistics with breakdowns by 5 levels of population density.
Additional links: All Report Data, All Report Maps, All Report Tables
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Availability of Hospice in Rural Pennsylvania
Compares the distribution and number of hospices in rural and urban Pennsylvania counties, provides a descriptive profile of rural Pennsylvania's hospice users, and projects the number of future Pennsylvania hospice users. Includes information from interviews with hospice providers and administrators to help understand challenges and opportunities for stakeholders. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural and urban location and nonprofit or for-profit status, and a county-level map showing locations of Pennsylvania hospices as of 2019.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Lisa Kitko, Joel Segel, Elizabeth Thiede
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Penn State Project ECHO: COVID-19 ECHO Series
Offers virtual training to inform and equip healthcare providers and administration of the best practices in emergency preparedness and treatment to address the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Penn State Clinical and Translational Science Institute
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Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers - COVID-19 Resources
Features resources and information for community health centers in Pennsylvania pertaining to COVID-19. Includes national and state information, including telehealth policies and resources to support clinical operations.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
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Evaluation of Senior Community Centers in Rural and Urban Pennsylvania
Report evaluates Pennsylvania's senior community centers in both rural and urban areas. Details some of the services offered by senior community centers and features county level data.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Janet Ann Melnick, Morgan Silfies, Heather Shanks-McElroy, Emily McElroy
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
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Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Strategic Plan, 2020-2023
Three-year plan of action for the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health. Features areas of focus including strengthening of rural health care delivery systems, community and population health, areas of unmet need, advocacy, continuing education, and expansion of infrastructure.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
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Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Pennsylvania
Presents an overview of child sexual abuse and exploitation in Pennsylvania. Highlights specific issues in rural areas and compares rural and urban areas in the state. Details conclusions and makes policy recommendations.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Sarah A. Font, Sheridan Miyamoto, Casey N. Pinto
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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A Look at Overdose Incidents in Pennsylvania, January 1, 2018 to May 15, 2020
Analysis of data collected by the Pennsylvania Overdose Information Network, featuring statistics on demographic characteristics of victims, naloxone use and response, and survival rates, with breakdowns by rural and urban residence. Offers a preliminary comparison of overdose rates before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Citation: Rural Perspectives
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Making Community Health Workers (CHWs) Fundamental: New Research Strengthens the Case for State Policymakers to Include CHWs in Care Delivery Teams
Summarizes key findings from previous Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded studies in 9 states on Community Health Workers (CHWs) interventions and their effect on diverse ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds, including rural. Offers evidence-based recommendations to help state policymakers integrate CHWs into healthcare delivery teams to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare for individuals and populations.
Author(s): Denisse Sanchez, Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Eliot Fishman
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Oral Health Status of Low-Income Children in Pennsylvania: A Rural-Urban Comparison
Describes research examining the oral health component of the Medical Assistance (MA) program for Pennsylvania children, additional oral health programs and services, the supply and distribution of Pennsylvania dentists, and the overall oral healthcare delivery system for low-income children in rural Pennsylvania. Features statistics including the number of general dentists and specialists who were active MA providers as of 2017, with breakdowns by urban or rural location, and a county-level map showing low-income Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas by rural status as of 2018.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Lisa Davis, Kelly Braun, Myron R. Schwartz
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Serving Rural America: Health Insurance Providers at Work
Offers 5 case studies to showcase the ways in which health insurance providers are working to ensure access to high quality healthcare in rural areas. Examples feature 8 insurance providers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, and Oregon sharing different approaches to healthcare delivery, financing, and community engagement.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: America's Health Insurance Plans
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Medicaid: Efforts to Identify, Predict, or Manage High-Expenditure Beneficiaries
Describes strategies used in 7 states to manage beneficiaries' healthcare costs while ensuring quality care, and lists resources the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides to help states identify, predict, and manage high-expenditure beneficiaries. Discusses effects of social determinants of health and staff shortages in rural areas. Includes statistics for Medicaid expenditures among beneficiaries enrolled only in Medicaid, for fiscal years 2009-2011.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Analysis of Obesity Rates for School Children in Pennsylvania
Report details an analysis of child obesity in Pennsylvania. Compares rural and urban rates by year and considers family demographics, such as occupation, household income, insurance coverage, among other factors.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Hospitalizations for Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - 2018
Examines newborn birth admissions involving neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in Pennsylvania general acute care hospitals from October 2017 through September 2018. Features statistics comparing NAS newborns with all other newborn stays in categories such as rates of complications by type, length of hospital stays, and payment by Medicaid, and NAS rate per 1,000 newborn stays with breakdown by rural or urban location. Includes a county-level map showing rates of NAS.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
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Broadband Availability and Access in Rural Pennsylvania
Report details broadband access in rural Pennsylvania. Discussed broadband speed and the role it plays in rural telehealth services. Features a literature review and policy recommendations.
Author(s): Sascha D. Meinrath, Hannah Bonestroo, Georgia Bullen, et al.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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The Availability of Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Addiction in Pennsylvania
Report details the availability of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Compares rural and urban counties and highlights MAT delivery methods to rural areas.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Harry D. Holt, Matin Katirai, Whitney Katirai
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Promising Practice: Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health Puts Focus on Rural Human Trafficking
Discusses how the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) is raising awareness and bringing attention to the issue of human trafficking in rural areas.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Technical Assistance for Hospitals Applying to the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model — A CMMI-Sponsored Rural Hospital Global Budget Model
Describes the experiences of the Rural Health Value program in coaching hospitals in Pennsylvania that were interested in participating in a global budget model. Explains a process to quickly develop a plan focused on community health rather than exclusively on clinical services, to facilitate the transition from volume to value.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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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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Comparing Rural and Urban Drug Use and Violence in the Pennsylvania Youth Survey
Highlights a study on urban and rural differences in substance use and violent behavior among youth in Pennsylvania. Looks at substance use and instances of violence, both as perpetrators and as victims, for 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students in rural and urban areas.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Jennifer Murphy
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Change and Stability of Emotional Health of Rural Pennsylvania Youth During High School
Study examining changes in emotional health between 9th and 11th grade among rural Pennsylvania youth. Describes the challenges to emotional well-being for rural youth, including limited job and educational opportunities, and the influences of school, community, and family on changes in emotional health. Draws and analyzes statistical data from the Rural Youth Education Project.
Author(s): Donghui Wang, Annelise DeJong Hagedorn, Diane McLaughlin, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 34(3), 322-332
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Analysis of Cost-of-Living Data for Pennsylvania Counties
Features a report on the cost-of-living in Pennsylvania by county. Looks at costs of utilities, transportation, and healthcare, among others, while identifying whether or not counties are rural.
Author(s): Kenneth K.T. Louie, James A. Kurre
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Toward Hospital Global Budgeting: State Considerations
Overview of hospital global budgeting, using case studies from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Explores ways in which global budgets can offer some financial stability for rural hospitals.
Author(s): Robert Murray
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: State Health & Value Strategies
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DataGram: Number of Reported Flu Cases in Pennsylvania
Highlights the reported flu cases in Pennsylvania from the 2006-07 flu season to the 2017-18 season in both rural and urban areas. Details the number of reported cased in 2017-18 by county.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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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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2018 Pennsylvania Opioid Task Force: Important Maps
Details several maps showing county level data on opioid overdose deaths in Pennsylvania. Highlights differences in rural and urban counties. Includes statewide map of treatment centers.
Date: 2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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2018 Pennsylvania Map Database of Rural Development Projects and Program Areas
Presents a series of maps detailing the USDA Rural Development projects in Pennsylvania as of 2018. Breaks down relevant data, such as program investment, by county.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Examination of Community Health Workers in Rural Pennsylvania
Assesses the extent to which Community Health Workers (CHWs) are used in rural Pennsylvania to address the healthcare needs of underserved people. Includes statistics on CHW salaries, caseloads, hours of paid work, health outcomes, demographic characteristics, and training and certification.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Darlene Ardary, Jennifer DellAntonio, Joyce Du Gan, et al.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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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 Rural Health Services
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Prescription Opioid Misuse among Rural Community Pharmacy Patients: Pilot Study for Screening and Implications for Future Practice and Research
Examines rural and urban community pharmacy patients in Pennsylvania to describe and compare patterns of opioid medication misuse. Identifies demographic and risk factors associated with rural and urban opioid medication misuse. Includes demographic statistics by rural and urban areas, such as education, employment status, and misuse behaviors. Offers recommendations to address opioid medication misuse.
Author(s): Gerald T. Cochran, Rafael J. Engel, Valerie J. Hruschak, Ralph E. Tarter
Citation: Journal of Pharmacy Practice, 30(5), 498-505
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
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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: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the 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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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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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
Citation: 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, lessons learned, 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 across Pennsylvania: obesity rates by county 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: Document
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. Offers 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 - 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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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
Examines differences in cancer incidence in men and women in rural U.S. counties, rural Appalachian counties, and rural/urban Pennsylvania counties. Identifies cancers on which to focus prevention and screening efforts. Includes county specific incidence and mortality by cancer type for men and women in rural Pennsylvania.
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 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, 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. Reviews the literature on telehealth, addresses its uses, definitions, impacts, best practices, and policy considerations.
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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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. Includes comparisons by gender and age group.
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
Citation: Rural Monitor
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. Additional link contains demographic profiles for Pennsylvania counties regarding veterans.
Additional links: Veteran Demographic Profiles by County
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 and the 2010 Census
Examines changes in Pennsylvania's rural population size, age, and diversity for 2000 compared to 2010. 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
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 11(1), 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
Examines Pennsylvania's policies governing direct care workers' training for aging and mental/developmental disabilities services by type of facility. Addresses rural considerations.
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. Analyzes health care access and use in rural Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Kimberly Y.Z. Forrest, Yi Lin, William J. Curry, Myron R. Schwartz
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
Reports on a study of acute care hospitals in rural Pennsylvania to develop a model for evaluating financial distress and to identify early warning signs of financial distress. Examines the liquidity, profitability, efficiency and capital structure of rural hospitals. Identifies trends impacting rural hospital finances and highlights the performance of critical access hospitals.
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 Pennsylvania's healthcare delivery system. Addresses their sustainability in terms of finances, ability to meet community health needs, and their ability to recruit and retain providers.
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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Appalachia Nonprofit Resource Center
Offers free resources on financial management, sustainable operations, and fundraising, as well as other tools. Geared to the needs of Appalachian nonprofits during the COVID pandemic.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Pennsylvania Rural Health Model
Provides information on a joint CMS and the Pennsylvania Department of Health model designed to improve the financial viability of rural Pennsylvania hospitals and reduce the growth of hospital expenditures across payers, including Medicare. Includes information on participating hospitals and details about the performance period and model targets.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Enhancing the Health Status of Rural Pennsylvanians: 2018-2019 Impact Report
Brief summary of activities of the Pennsylvania State Office of Rural Health. Describes mission, services offered, and funding sources. Features brief statistics on various types of rural healthcare facilities.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
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Journal of Appalachian Health
Highlights issues relating to the health and wellness of rural Appalachian communities. Features peer-reviewed, open access research on health outcomes in Appalachia.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky College of Public Health
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Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots
An initiative focused on health outcomes in Appalachian communities. Provides access to health disparities data on health status, healthcare delivery, and social determinants of health indicators for counties within the rural Appalachian region. Also identifies and provides case studies of "Bright Spots", counties in the region with better-than-expected health outcomes.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Pennsylvania State Health Assessment
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.
Additional links: Introduction, Key Health Findings
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Health
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Pennsylvania
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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Pennsylvania 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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Pennsylvania 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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Pennsylvania 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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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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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Pennsylvania Resources.


Last Updated: 11/20/2020