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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rural Health Pulse Podcast
Podcast highlights a collaboration between the Indiana Regional Medical Center and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and discusses rural health concerns in the Indiana, PA.
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organizations: Indiana Regional Medical Center, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
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Pennsylvania Opioid Data Dashboard
Interactive dashboard showing data on opioids in Pennsylvania, including county-level estimates on individuals with drug use disorders and drug overdose deaths. Also includes information on prevention efforts such as the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) and other programs; treatment access and types; and life-saving measures such as naloxone and emergency room use.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Department of Health
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Climate and Hazard Mitigation Planning (CHaMP) Tool
A mapping tool that shows county- and state-level changes in climate between 1981 and 2021 for 15 U.S. states. Allows user to select for climate events such as extreme heat, wildfire, severe weather, tropical storms/hurricanes, and more.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Carolina Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA), Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments (GLISA), Mid-Atlantic Integrated Sciences and Assessments (MARISA)
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Last Updated: 1/18/2024