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South Carolina Resources

The Training Pipeline for EMS Personnel in South Carolina
Results of a 2017-2018 survey of all South Carolina institutions and regional EMS training centers that prepare students to take national EMS certification exams. Features county-level maps showing numbers of graduates of programs for emergency medical technicians (EMTs), advanced EMTs (AEMTs), and paramedics, with breakdowns by rural or urban location.
Author(s): Linda M. Lacey
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: South Carolina EMS Association, South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce
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HIV Testing in 50 Local Jurisdictions Accounting for the Majority of New HIV Diagnoses and Seven States with Disproportionate Occurrence of HIV in Rural Areas, 2016–2017
Reports on HIV testing in 50 local jurisdictions where most new diagnoses of HIV infection in 2016 and 2017 were found and in seven states with high rural rates of HIV. Includes rural-urban data on HIV testing for Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, and South Carolina.
Author(s): Marc A. Pitasi, Kevin P. Delaney, John T. Brooks, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 68(25), 561-567
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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South Carolina Mental Health Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) By Category
County-level map showing Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey Chartbook
Presents data form the American Community Survey for Appalachia from 2013-2017. Details data pertaining to health insurance coverage, transportation, and internet access, among other measures.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in South Carolina
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: 04/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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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South Carolina Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA) By Category
County-level map showing Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
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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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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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South Carolina Primary Care HPSA By Type
County-level map showing Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
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South Carolina's Rural Health Action Plan
Describes South Carolina's plan to improve rural health outcomes, including 5 areas of focus, 15 recommendations, and 50+ action steps, intended to spur progress over the following 3-5 years. Focus areas include access to care, community assets leadership and engagement (CALE), economic development, education, and housing.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Office of Rural Health
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Practice Characteristics of the Established Physician Workforce in South Carolina: 2009-2015
Examines how South Carolina physicians' employment status, practice settings, number of hours worked weekly, and number of practice sites changed from 2009 to 2015, based on data supplied by physicians when renewing their licenses. Features statistics with breakdowns including counts for Federally Qualified Health Centers or rural clinics and percentages of growth.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce
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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
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Changes in the Physician Workforce in South Carolina: 2009-2015
Summarizes changes in South Carolina's physician workforce, based on data the physicians provided when renewing their licenses in 2009 and 2015. Features statistics including numbers of physicians with breakdowns by specialties, geographic region, and metropolitan, micropolitan, or rural location, as well as gains and losses in rural areas.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Office for Healthcare Workforce
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Over Tea, South Carolina Girls Learn about Healthy Decisions
Highlights South Carolina's Tea Time with Teens, a program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy by bringing together community leaders, mothers, and daughters to build life skills and make healthy decisions.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Network Spotlight: Palmetto Care Connections
Presents highlights from an interview with Kathy Schwarting, executive director of Palmetto Care Connections in Fairfax, South Carolina. Focuses on Palmetto Care Connections' network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and ongoing challenges as it works to facilitate healthcare across South Carolina through the use of telehealth.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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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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Colonoscopy Access and Utilization - Rural Disparities in the Carolinas, 2001-2010
Describes the geographic distribution of colonoscopy providers, the utilization rate for colonoscopies in urban and rural populations, and the influence of the availability of colonoscopy providers on patients when seeking care in their local area for North and South Carolina using ambulatory surgery discharge data for colonoscopies from 2001-2010.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Jan M. Eberth, Michele Josey, Tushar Trivedi, James Hibbert, Janice C. Probst
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
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South Carolina Health Professions Data Book
Provides information about the health status of South Carolina residents and the number of healthcare providers practicing in the state as of 2015, including a section with statistics for rural areas.
Author(s): Linda M. Lacey
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium
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Telestroke Centers as an Option for Addressing Geographical Disparities in Access to Stroke Care in South Carolina, 2013
Research brief on the benefits of telestroke centers in rural and remote areas of South Carolina to improve outcomes. Includes a discussion of the impact of limited primary stroke center access and suggestions for policymakers.
Author(s): Marsha Samson, Tushar Trivedi, Khosrow Heidari
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
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Comparing Farmers' Market Revenue Trends Before and After the Implementation of a Monetary Incentive for Recipients of Food Assistance
An analysis of the effect of financial incentives for individuals and families who receive food assistance to encourage the purchase of fruits and vegetables at farmers markets located at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural South Carolina.
Author(s): Darcy A. Freedman, Amy Mattison-Faye, Kassandra Alia, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 11
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
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Medically Underserved Areas in South Carolina
County-level map showing Medically Underserved Areas.
Date: 04/2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
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A Mixed Methods Descriptive Investigation of Readiness to Change in Rural Hospitals Participating in a Tele-Critical Care Intervention
Examines organizational readiness for community-academic partnerships to utilize telemedicine outreach and clinician education based on 4 rural hospitals in South Carolina. Discusses factors that help and hinder telemedicine readiness.
Author(s): Jane Zapka, Kit Simpson, Lara Hiott, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 13, 33
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Including Children's Views Can Enhance Our Understanding of Food Insecurity
Describes how children and teens are affected by food insecurity. Summarizes findings from interviews with children and teens in rural and non-rural South Carolina.
Author(s): Maryah Stella Fram, Edward Frongillo, Sonya Jones
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Rural Development Center
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The Benefit Bank Gives Families a Financial Boost
Highlights the Benefit Bank of South Carolina, which links low-income residents to public funds that often go unused and unclaimed.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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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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, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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ERS State Fact Sheet: South Carolina
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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South Carolina 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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South Carolina 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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South Carolina 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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South Carolina - Rural Focus
Weekly email newsletter of the South Carolina Office of Rural Health. Contains announcements, news, and events of benefit to rural communities.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Office of Rural Health
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Last Updated: 8/13/2019