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Tennessee Governor's Office - Coronavirus Information and Resources
Resources and information on Tennessee's response to COVID-19, including media briefing, daily bulletins, assessment sites, and frequently asked questions about the virus. Includes resources for healthcare providers, health alerts, and information on cases in the state.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee State Government
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Tennessee Department of Health - Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Resources and information on Tennessee's response to COVID-19, including resources for healthcare providers, health alerts, and information on cases in the state.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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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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DRA's Response to COVID-19
Provides information on DRA programs and initiatives related to COVID-19. Includes a map of COVID-19 cases in the region, as well as county-level planning reports.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Delta Regional Authority
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Appalachian Regional Commission: COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Information and resources for addressing COVID-19 in the Appalachian region. Includes resources and initiatives specific to the region and information for ARC grantees.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Tennessee Uninsured Adult Healthcare Safety Net Report - 2019 Annual Report
Features statistics on Tennessee's uninsured population and state safety net funding expenditures. Includes maps showing locations of adult healthcare and behavioral health safety net services, and county-level maps showing population-to-provider ratios for various medical specialties and Health Professional Shortage Areas as of 2019. Examines challenges in rural Tennessee, including adequacy of healthcare and access to services.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Tennessee
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: 01/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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2020 Tennessee Maternal Mortality Annual Report
Report including characteristics of women who died while pregnant or in the year following pregnancy, and summaries of causes of death and contributing factors. Identifies opportunities for promotion of wellness and prevention of maternal mortality. Features statistics for deaths in 2017 and 2018, with breakdowns by metropolitan or rural residence.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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A Healthy Attitude: Rural Leaders in TN County Organize to Address Well-Being in Appalachia
Describes ways in which local leaders in Grundy County, Tennessee implemented programs to promote physical activity, support children and families, increase access to philanthropic resources, and establish a working relationship with a nearby university.
Author(s): Tim Marema, Erin Bouldin
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 2(1), 60-64
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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Tennessee Underserved Areas (MUAs)/Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs)
Tennessee map showing Medically Underserved Areas by whole or partial county, and whole county Medically Underserved Populations.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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At the Front Lines in Tennessee: Rural Clinic Offers Trauma-Informed Treatment for Substance Use Disorder
Describes the work of a rural Tennessee physician who uses medication-assisted treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group therapy sessions to treat patients struggling with substance use disorder. Explores the connection between adverse childhood experiences and substance abuse, and stigma associated with seeking treatment.
Author(s): Mariel Gingrich
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Tennessee Faith Based Initiative: Certified Recovery Congregations
Reviews how the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services partnered with the state's faith community to address substance abuse. Outlines the role of certified peer recovery specialists and faith based community coordinators, the Lifeline Peer Project, Tennessee Recovery Navigators, and how they work together. Presentation slides from the Arkansas 2019 Annual Rural Health Conference.
Author(s): Monty Burks
Date: 06/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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In Support of Family Caregivers: A Snapshot of Five States
Examines policies developed in Washington State, Minnesota, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Maine to support family caregivers, including those in rural areas. Features demographic characteristics of the states profiled, state expenditures by the Administration for Community Living in FY2016 on older adults and caregivers, and data on state Medicaid policies affecting these groups.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Jennifer Aufill, Julia Burgdorf, Jennifer Wolff
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Milbank Memorial Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation
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Tennessee Health Care Safety Net Update, FY 2018
Report on the health care safety net and behavioral health safety net services provided in Tennessee from July 2017 through June 2018. Discusses hospital closures in rural areas, barriers faced by rural people in accessing health services, and the role of community and faith-based organizations in providing safety net services. Features county-level maps showing shortage areas for primary care and various medical specialties as of 2016, statistics on uninsurance rates in Tennessee compared with the rest of the nation, and Federally Qualified Health Center medical encounters and funding in FY 2017 and FY 2018.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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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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Tennessee State of Our State: Broadband Internet
Provides information on broadband access for rural Tennessee residents. Describes broadband subscription rates by annual income level, employment, and education. Discusses broadband in terms of increasing and improving healthcare access. Covers lessons learned from broadband implementation from other states and steps the state is taking to address broadband adoption barriers.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Strategies, ThinkTennessee
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Using Telemedicine to Improve Rural Women's Health and Save Babies' Lives
Discusses a telehealth program, Solutions to Obstetrics in Rural Communities (STORC), that works to decrease infant mortality rates by supporting access to prenatal care and improve obstetric care quality in rural Tennessee.
Additional links: Audio Recording
Date: 05/2018
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Blue Cross Blue Shield
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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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Tennessee Hospital Association 2017 Rural Impact Report
Describes hospitals' economic impact on rural Tennessee communities and the effect of hospital closures. Includes county-level statistics on ER visits, births, cost of bad debt and charity care, number of employees, salaries, and total economic impact.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Hospital Association
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Tennessee State Health Plan: 2017-2018 Edition
Supports mission to improve the health of the people of Tennessee by developing Standards and Criteria for the Certificate of Need program, to ensure that affordable, high-quality healthcare is available. Examines differences between urban and rural areas in terms of social determinants of health and access to mental health services. Includes a description of the interplay between Tennessee faith-based organizations and health, and a list of Tennessee Vital Signs, 12 metrics to gauge Tennessee population health.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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Co-ops Play Vital Role in Extending Broadband in Rural Tennessee
Discusses the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act's impact on economic development, education, and healthcare improvement, and the ways in which Tennessee co-ops have supported the initiative.
Author(s): Anne Mayberry
Citation: Rural Cooperatives, 84(4), 10-13
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Geographic Variation in Mortality Among Children and Adolescents Diagnosed with Cancer in Tennessee: Does Race Matter?
Presents a study of geographic variation of children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer in rural Tennessee. Analyzes data by race and mortality. Includes a maps of urban/rural mortality and mortality clusters for cancer patients under 21 from 2004-2011.
Author(s): Lisa C. Lindley, Tonny J. Oyana
Citation: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing, 33(2), 129-136
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
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Increases in Acute Hepatitis B Virus Infections - Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia, 2006-2013
Reports on increased rates of hepatitis B infections in three Appalachian states, particularly among injection drug users and in non-urban areas.
Author(s): Aaron M. Harris, Kashif Iqbal, Sarah Schillie, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 65(3), 47-50
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Increases in Hepatitis C Virus Infection Related to Injection Drug Use Among Persons Aged ≤30 Years - Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, 2006-2012
Discusses opioid abuse, drug injecting, and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in central Appalachia, with data on HCV infection rates for four states. Includes data for rural and urban areas by gender and race/ethnicity.
Author(s): Jon E. Zibbell, Kashif Iqbal, Rajiv C. Patel, Anil Suryaprasad, Kathy J. Sanders, Loretta Moore-Moravian, Jamie Serrecchia, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 64(17), 453-458
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Screening Tennessee Women From Top to Bottom
Highlights a women's health event started by Darryl Adams, NP, in Grundy County, which is getting more women screened for breast and cervical cancer.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Network Brings Better, More Efficient Care to Cardiac Patients in 68 Counties
Highlights the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network in Tennessee and Kentucky, which is proving that moving patients into and through a system quickly and efficiently is critical to saving lives.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2012
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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Rural Syringe Services Program
Features links for resources related to syringe services, including recommendations and reasons for establishing a syringe service program, types of programs, and examples of successful programs. Includes information on state laws in Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Virginia allowing the establishment of syringe services programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Harm Reduction Coalition
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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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ERS State Fact Sheet: Tennessee
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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Tennessee 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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Tennessee 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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Tennessee State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Last Updated: 7/6/2020