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FY 2020: HRSA's Rural Health Grants – Texas Fact Sheet
HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy investments in Texas 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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Texas Department of State Health Services - Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Resources and information on Texas's response to COVID-19, including resources for hospitals and healthcare professionals, news and updates, and information on cases in the state.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas SORH Fosters Quality Champions in Rural Hospitals Across the State
Details how the Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) developed a Quality Improvement Training Program (QITP) and associated fellowship program to improve rural healthcare quality in the state's hospitals. The QITP trains participants, helps them become certified for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) exam, and encourages them to complete quality improvement projects within local hospitals.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Texas
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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Epidemiology of the 2020 Pandemic of COVID-19 in the State of Texas: The First Month of Community Spread
Provides an overview of COVID-19 spread in Texas from March 1 - April 8, 2020, comparing urban and rural rates. Examines data from national and state sources, analyzing case fatality and incidence rates in relation to county information, demographics including race/ethnicity, and availability of healthcare resources. Figure 1 offers a county map of Texas indicating COVID-19 prevalence rate and percentage of African American residents.
Author(s): Swapnil Khose, Justin Xavier Moore, Henry Wang
Citation: Journal of Community Health, 45, 696-710
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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A Best Practices Approach to Treating Maternal Hemorrhage
Provides an overview of how Titus Regional Medical Center in Mount Pleasant, Texas, developed and implemented protocols to improve maternal hemorrhage outcomes. Discusses the impact and lessons learned from implementing the protocols as well, as future maternal health improvement goals at the medical center.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Texas Optometrists, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends, age distribution, and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of optometrists in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Speech-Language Pathologists, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends, age distribution, and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of speech-language pathologists in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Psychiatrists 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, race/ethnicity, age distribution, and population to provider data by county and geographic designation of psychiatrists in Texas.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Speech-Language Pathologists Assistants, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends, age distribution, and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of speech-language pathologists assistants in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Marriage and Family Therapists, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population to provider data by county and geographic designation, and age distribution by gender for marriage and family therapists in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Surgical Assistants, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of surgical assistants in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Respiratory Care Practitioners, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends, age distribution, and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of respiratory care practitioners in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Dental Assistants, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, age distribution, and population to provider data by county and geographic designation of dental assistants in Texas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Licensed Professional Counselors, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population to provider data by county and geographic designation, and age distribution of licensed professional counselors in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Community Health Workers, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet providing population data by county, race/ethnicity data, geographic distribution, and growth trends of community health workers (CHWs) in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Primary Care Physicians, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population data by county and geographic designation, age distribution by gender, and training and employment characteristics of primary care physicians in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Direct Patient Care Physicians, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population data by county and geographic designation, age distribution by gender, and training and employment characteristics of direct patient care (DPC) physicians in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Dental Hygienists, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population data by county and geographic designation, age distribution by gender, and training and employment characteristics of dental hygienists in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Dentists (All), 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population data by county and geographic designation, age distribution of dentists by gender, and training and employment characteristics of all dentists including specialty care in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Chiropractors, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet describing growth trends, gender, and population-to-provider data by county and geographic designation of chiropractors in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Emergency Medical Services Personnel, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, age distribution, and population to provider data by county and geographic designation of emergency medical services personnel in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas General Dentists, 2019: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet identifying growth trends, population data by county and geographic designation, age distribution of dentists by gender, and training and employment characteristics of primary care dentists in Texas. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Quarterly Therapy Access Monitoring Report
Analyzes pediatric acute care therapy services data for physical, occupational and speech therapies, as required quarterly by the Texas State Legislative Budget Board and the Governor, to determine any adverse impact in access to care in rural, micro, and metro counties.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Diabetes Prevention Program Sites Compared With Diabetes Prevalence and Ratio of Primary Care Physicians in Texas
Discusses the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) partnership with state organizations to implement and increase access to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs) providing evidence-based prevention education for type 2 diabetes. Texas maps with counties delineated identify the geographic location of DPPs in comparison to diagnosed diabetes prevalence, and the ratio of primary care physicians.
Author(s): Emily Peterson Johnson, Melissa Dunn, Maria Cooper, Nimisha Bhakta
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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Texas HIV Surveillance Report: Annual Report
Provides an annual update of county-level data on HIV infection and AIDS cases for Texas. Includes infection by transmission method, diagnoses by race/ethnicity and age group, data for criminal justice and immigration facilities, and more.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Geographic Disparities Associated with Travel to Medical Care and Attendance in Programs to Prevent/Manage Chronic Illness Among Middle-Aged and Older Adults in Texas
Examines the relationship of rural and urban middle-aged and older adults with one or more chronic conditions who travel long distances to receive medical care, and their utilization of programs focused on prevention and chronic disease management. Participants from 9 counties in central Texas responded to health assessment surveys regarding their number of doctor's visits within the previous year, distance to receive medical care, residential status, and other personal characteristics.
Author(s): Matthew L. Smith, Samuel D. Towne Jr., Caroline D Bergeron, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health,19(4), 5147
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
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Medicaid Expansion in Texas: Potential Economic and Employment Implications
Compares the findings of a survey of low-income adults in Texas – a non-expansion Medicaid state – with the findings from surveys of low-income populations living in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana – states having expanded Medicaid to assess the economic impact on their families and their state.
Author(s): Lucy Chen, Joy Madubuonwu, Caroline Pecos-Duarte, Benjamin D. Sommers
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Evaluation of Rural Hospital Funding Initiatives
Evaluates Texas Medicaid funding for rural hospital services, average wait time for payments, and wrongful denials as required by the state legislature in response to rural hospital closures. Summarizes related legislation and plans to address these issues.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Rural Texas Communities Face Many Challenges, Opportunities
Radio broadcast recording focused on the Texas Rural Challenge conference themes: cultivate, innovate, collaborate. Addresses rural economic development, broadband access, rural hospital closures and other healthcare challenges, food deserts, regional collaboration, and more. Includes guests from the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, Institute for Economic Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Small Business Development Center National Information Clearinghouse, and Texas Department of Agriculture.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: High Plains Public Radio
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In Praise of Play: Activities for Children and Families in Rural Communities
Discusses the importance of play in the physical health of children in rural communities. Compares children's access to public parks in rural and urban communities.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Baylor University
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Grantee Spotlight: Good News for Victoria County, Texas!
Highlights a grantee of the Hogg Foundation's Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities initiative, the Be Well Victoria Collaborative in Victoria County, Texas. Discusses the project's goals of improving the mental health in Victoria County.
Author(s): Josephine Gurch
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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Grantee Spotlight: Good News for Nacogdoches County, Texas!
Spotlights a grantee of the Hogg Foundation's Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities initiative, Nacogdoches County Community Collaborative. Highlights their goal of creating a trauma-informed community to promote wellness.
Author(s): Josephine Gurch
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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Oral Health: Targeting Rural Areas
Compiles articles from a special issue of the Texas Public Health Journal focusing on rural oral health in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. Covers emergency department use in Texas for oral health needs in rural versus urban counties, geriatric oral health and workforce options such as teledentistry, a Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment project under a state waiver targeting rural communities, partnerships to reach underserved areas and pregnant women, and oral health initiatives in Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Citation: Texas Public Health Journal, 71(2), 2-16
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Public Health Association
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Grantee Spotlight: Good News for Morris County, Texas!
Spotlights a grantee of the Hogg Foundation's Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities initiative, Morris County Collaborative. Highlights their work in uniting non-profit organizations, faith-based organizations, and medical facilities to serve high-risk and underrepresented communities.
Author(s): Josephine Gurch
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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Grantee Spotlight: Good News for Brooks County, Texas!
Highlights a grantee of the Hogg Foundation's Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities initiative, Behavioral and Health Outreach Leadership and Development (BHOLD) Collaborative in Brooks County, Texas. Discusses the goals of the project and the behavioral heath needs that currently exist in Brooks County.
Author(s): Josephine Gurch
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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Texas Statewide Behavioral Health Fiscal Years 2017-2021 Strategic Plan Update and the Foundation for the IDD Strategic Plan
Provides a five-year behavioral health strategic plan for the Texas legislature, addressing behavioral health needs in the state, current services provided by state agencies, and recommendations for future investments. Includes a section on efforts by the Texas State Office of Rural Health and behavioral health loan repayment programs, and discusses rural challenges and programs throughout. Offers a separate Statewide Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DD) Strategic Plan, describing the state's IDD population and current programs serving them.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Grantee Spotlight: Good News for Bastrop County, Texas!
Spotlights a grantee of the Hogg Foundation's Collaborative Approaches to Well-Being in Rural Communities initiative, Bastrop County Cares. Highlights their work in building a collaborative of community liaisons to engage members of historically and geographically excluded groups in decision-making processes in order to create inclusive, systems-level change to improve resident well-being across the county.
Author(s): Josephine Gurch
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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TB Case Counts and Rates by County
Table identifying the number of tuberculosis (TB) cases and rates per 100,000 by county and by state for Texas.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Texas STD Surveillance Report
Provides an annual report on sexually transmitted disease (STD) prevalence in Texas. Appendices include data by county of residence for 2011-2018.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Twenty-Five Things to Know about Texas Rural Hospitals
A fact sheet describing several characteristics and concerns, and related data unique to rural hospitals in Texas.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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Texas Map of Rural Hospitals
Map identifying the location of rural hospitals in Texas.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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Texas Rural Hospital Closures Since January 2013
A map identifying the location of rural hospital closures in Texas along with whether they later reopened or now provide limited services.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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The Task Force of Border Health Officials 2018 Biennial Report
Describes the initial efforts of the Task Force of Border Health Officials, which was created by legislation in Texas to help develop recommendations for improving public health in the Texas border region. Summarizes recommendations focusing on 5 areas: public health infrastructure, environmental health, communicable diseases, chronic diseases, and maternal and child health.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Office of Border Public Health
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Continuing Evidence of Chagas Disease Along the Texas-Mexico Border
Explores a study on Chagas Disease on the Texas-Mexico border. Features case studies detailing experiences with the disease in the rural towns of Rio Grande City, TX and San Vicente, Mexico; and in urban centers of Mission, TX and Reynosa, Mexico.
Author(s): Melissa S. Nolan, David Aguilar, Eric L. Brown, et al.
Citation: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 12(11)
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
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House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse: Interim Report to the 86th Texas Legislature
Provides a comprehensive report on substance abuse and opioid misuse in Texas, summarizing the current issues and what Texas programs, policies, and agencies are doing to address them. Reviews implementation of the state prescription monitoring program; state Good Samaritan laws; and the impact of substance abuse on various stakeholders and population groups, such as pregnant women and first responders. Addresses rural throughout and includes a map showing opioid-related deaths by county.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas House Select Committee on Opioids and Substance Abuse
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A Guide to Understanding Mental Health Systems and Services in Texas
Presents an overview of the mental health system in Texas to help policymakers, advocates, and individuals, including the structure of and services provided by Texas state agencies. Discusses implications and outcomes of rural mental health and substance abuse prevention policy and programs.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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2019-2020 Update to the Texas State Health Plan
Proposes strategies to improve the efficiency of the healthcare delivery system in Texas with a particular emphasis on health literacy, access to care for rural areas, and the healthcare workforce. Addresses oral health, trauma care, and the availability of clinical training sites.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Statewide Health Coordinating Council
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Texas Rural Hospital Obstetrical Access
Offers a map identifying which rural hospitals in Texas provide obstetrics services.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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Texas Rural Acute Care Hospital Closures
Identifies rural hospital closures by year and county for Texas between 1965-2018. Includes notes on whether they later reopened with full or partial services.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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Oral Health in Texas: Emergency Department and Inpatient Hospitalization for Non-Traumatic Dental Conditions in Texas
Examines hospital and emergency department (ED) dental treatment in Texas for non-traumatic dental conditions, with a focus on Medicaid enrollees. Addresses ED visit rates by county, diagnoses, payer distribution, and sociodemographics.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health Institute
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The Role of Social Support and the Neighborhood Environment on Physical Activity in Low-income, Mexican-American Women in South Texas
Presents a study on the effectiveness of a promotora-led intervention aimed at improving the rates of physical activity among low-income Mexican-American women in rural South Texas.
Author(s): Jennifer J. Salinas, Marisol McDaniel, Deborah Parra-Medina
Citation: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, 51(5), 234-241
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Promising Practice: Texas SORH's Handheld Ultrasound Project - An Innovative Approach to Providing Training & Technology to Small Rural Hospitals
Details a pilot program implemented by the Texas State Office of Rural Health that allows rural hospitals to uses handheld ultrasound machines as a cost-effective method for improving quality of care.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Task Force of Border Health Officials
Provides the annual legislative report from the Task Force of Border Health Officials, highlighting its activities for the inaugural year and identifying future plans. Reports on health conditions, challenges, and needs for the Texas-Mexico border region.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Uvalde Memorial Hospital Strategizes SRHT Implementation
Describes Uvalde Memorial Hospital's (UMH) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project, completed in 2017, that focused on assessing UMH's finances and operations. UMH is a 25-bed county-owed not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in Uvalde, Texas. Addresses swing bed usage, hospice, population health, cardiac rehabilitation, and staff efficiency.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Kissing Bug and Chagas Disease: What You Need to Know
Highlights identification information for the Chagas-disease-carrying kissing bugs in the Southern U.S. Presents county-level data for Texas.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Chagas Taskforce
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2017 Annual Report Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Advisory Committee
Reports on the Promotor(a) or Community Health Worker (CHW) Training and Certification Program in Texas, including the number of certified community health workers, instructors, certificate graduates and renewals. Identifies the number of certified community health workers by county as well as the location of CHW training programs in the state.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Definitions of "Rural" in Texas Statutes and the Texas Administrative Code
Details the various definitions of rural used by the state of Texas. Features maps illustrating the counties considered rural by each definition.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Legislative Council
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Expanding Care for Rural Patients
Discusses the telehealth psychology program at Texas A&M and the effect the program has had on mental health access across the state. Details the program's implementation and the ways it is overcoming barriers for rural people.
Author(s): Amy Novotney
Citation: APA Monitor on Psychology, 49(3), 64
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Psychological Association
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Oral Health in Texas, Bridging Gaps and Filling Needs
Provides an overview of oral health in Texas and factors that contribute to oral health, while highlighting the needs of rural and border populations. Covers oral health workforce needs and barriers to accessing oral care. Provides regional and county-level statistics and information on rural populations, age, socioeconomic factors, oral health outcomes, and more.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health Institute
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Optimizing Rural Health: A Community Healthcare Blueprint
Provides three in-depth case studies of rural Texas communities facing hospital closures to learn more about how communities respond, discussing the findings and similarities. Identifies lessons learned in regards to community awareness, community engagement, how access is defined, hospital board leadership, and finances to guide other rural communities facing similar challenges.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, Center for Optimizing Rural Health
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Regulating Network Adequacy for Rural Populations: Perspectives of Five States
Policy brief describing how California, Kentucky, Montana, Texas, and Wisconsin define insurance network adequacy and how much consideration is given to rural issues in regulating their networks. Features statistics including these states' rural population, rural percent of total population, rural area in square miles, number of marketplace networks, and percent that are narrow networks.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Carrie Henning-Smith, Jean Abraham, Ira Moscovice
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Innovating Mental Healthcare in Texas and Beyond: Q&A with Dr. Octavio Martinez
An interview with Dr. Octavio Martinez, the executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Discusses the mission of the foundation and how it is addressing mental health in Texas, as well as some of the challenges of providing mental healthcare in Texas and throughout the U.S.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Living in Limbo: Latinas' Assessment of Lower Rio Grande Valley Colonias Communities
Highlights the activities conducted by promotoras during an intervention study using community asset mapping (CAM) to identify factors that may facilitate or create barriers to physical activity among Latina residents in the U.S.-Mexico border region of Texas.
Author(s): DeAnne K. Hilfinger Messias, Patricia A. Sharpe, Lulis del Castilo-Gonzalez, Laura Treviño, Deborah Parra-Medina
Citation: Public Health Nursing, 34(3), 267-275
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
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Rural Hospital Environmental Impact Study
Examines the rapidly changing healthcare landscape, particularly as it relates to rural Texas, by focusing on four areas: the state of healthcare, rural hospital closures and vulnerabilities, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, and uninsurance rates. Presents information about the current and future state of healthcare in rural Texas to support rural health policymakers.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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Community Health Workers Get Trained to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
Highlights programs serving the Navajo Nation, Texas colonias, and Appalachian Maryland that use community health workers to provide oral health education and improve access dental care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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What's Next? Practical Suggestions for Rural Communities Facing a Hospital Closure
Presents alternative healthcare solutions for rural Texas communities that are facing a rural hospital closure. Examines the current state of healthcare delivery and outlines the regulatory and legislative obstacles to maintaining rural hospital services. Appendices provide additional information including maps of rural Texas hospital closures, a list of useful resources, reflections from rural hospital leaders, and more.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: A&M Rural and Community Health Institute, Episcopal Health Foundation
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2017-2022 Texas State Health Plan: A Proposal for Ensuring High-Quality Health Care for All Texans
Provides recommendations to the Texas legislature on how to help ensure access to healthcare for all Texans. Addresses care quality, behavioral health, primary care, and the health workforce pipeline, and covers rural throughout. Appendix includes county-level data on the state's health workforce.
Additional links: Appendix: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics of Selected Health Professions in Texas
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Factors Associated With Potentially Preventable Pediatric Admissions Vary by Diagnosis: Findings From a Large State
Examines characteristics associated with pediatric admissions that may have been prevented using hospital admissions data from Texas. Includes data on patient county (rural, border, or Rio Grande Valley), race/ethnicity, diagnosis, admission type, and hospital type (children's hospital, teaching hospital, Critical Access Hospital, Trauma Hospital, and others).
Author(s): Laura N. Medford-Davis, Rohan Shah, Danielle Kennedy, Emilie Becker
Citation: Hospital Pediatrics, 6(10), 595-606
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
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The Health Status of Northeast Texas
Describes health status of residents of a largely rural 35-county area, including mortality rates, prevalence of cigarette smoking, healthcare access, and percentage of people with health insurance. Features county-level statistics with breakdowns by population size, level of rurality, median income, and age-adjusted mortality rate.
Author(s): Eileen Nehme
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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The Texas Mental Health Workforce: Continuing Challenges and Sensible Strategies
Policy brief featuring a report on the mental healthcare workforce in Texas, including a comparison of rural and urban counties. Discusses barriers to workforce expansion and strategies for drawing more mental health providers to the state.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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Madison Outreach and Services through Telehealth (MOST) Network
Video featuring the Madison Outreach Services through Telehealth (MOST) Network, which serves the Hispanic/Latino population of Brazos Valley, Texas. Highlights their partnership with Texas A&M's Telehealth Counseling Clinic, where doctoral-level students and promotoras connect with patients in remote clinics to offer mental health and substance abuse counseling.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Graduate Medical Education System and Physician Supply in Texas
Reports on the number of primary care and specialty physicians in Texas. Identifies the medical specialties at critical shortage levels and the rural and urban locations of physician specialists. Looks at the overall supply of physicians in the state, the relevancy of the graduate medical education (GME) system, and the ability of the GME system to meet the current and future healthcare needs in Texas.
Additional links: Addendum to the Graduate Medical Education System and Physician Supply in Texas
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Characteristics of Medicaid Beneficiaries Who Use Rural Health Clinics
Describes the population of Rural Health Clinic (RHC) users from North Carolina, Georgia, California, and Texas to assist in policy making and in research using CMS Medicaid claim data from RHCs and healthcare providers practicing under the RHC program.
Author(s): Marisa Domino, Seth Tyree, Regina Rutledge, et al.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Healthy Border 2020: A Prevention & Health Promotion Initiative
Reports on the prevailing public health issues occurring in U.S.-Mexico border populations. Identifies an agenda focused on health promotion and disease prevention, and develops a strategy for implementing a coordinated public health response at binational, state and local levels.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United States-México Border Health Commission
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Las Colonias in the 21st Century: Progress Along the Texas-Mexico Border
Provides information on demographics, infrastructure, housing, economic opportunity, education, and health in the six Texas counties with the highest concentration of colonias: El Paso, Maverick, Webb, Starr, Hidalgo and Cameron. Offers examples of programs underway that are addressing these issues. Includes data for the colonias compared to Texas and the U.S. as a whole.
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
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Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors, 2014: Trends, Distribution, and Demographics
Fact sheet providing population to provider data by geographic designation and county, age distribution by gender, and growth patterns of licensed chemical dependency counselors in Texas.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Socioeconomic Context and the Food Landscape in Texas: Results from Hotspot Analysis and Border/Non-Border Comparison of Unhealthy Food Environments
Describes the food landscape of rural and urban Texas using the CDC's Modified Retail Food Environment (mRFEI) and makes comparisons by border/non-border. Census tracts where food healthy options were limited or non-existent were in highly rural areas.
Author(s): Jennifer J. Salinas, Bassent Abdelbary, Kelly Klaas, Beatriz Tapia, Ken Sexton
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 11(6), 5640-5650
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
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Nuestra Voz, Nuestra Salud, Nuestro Texas: The Fight for Women's Reproductive Health in the Rio Grande Valley
Examines reproductive health in the Rio Grande Valley region and provides recommendations to improve it. Data was collected from interviews and focus groups in four counties of the Lower Rio Grande Valley where several isolated rural border communities, or colonias, are located. Discusses the impact and results of Texas's policy decisions on Latinas, their families, and their communities as they search for affordable reproductive healthcare.
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Access at the State and County Levels: Evidence from Texas SNAP Administrative Records and the American Community Survey
Describes estimates of SNAP access rates for rural and urban areas of Texas with breakdowns by race, Hispanic origin, age, educational level and SNAP unit size. Select data is available at the county level.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Constance Newman, Erik Scherpf
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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The South Texas Health Status Review: A Health Disparities Roadmap
Examines 35 health conditions and behavioral risk factors and how they affect rural and urban South Texans compared to Texans in other parts of the state and the U.S.
Author(s): Amelie G. Ramirez, Ian M. Thompson, Leonel Vela
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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Texas County Designations
Depicts rural and metropolitan counties in Texas.
Date: 04/2012
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Texas State Office of Rural Health
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CDC WONDER Underlying Cause of Death with US-Mexico Border Regions, 1999-2018
Provides access to mortality and population data for the U.S.-Mexico border region. Offers data on the number of deaths, crude and age-adjusted death rates, and demographics for different causes of death. Cause of death data available for ICD-10 codes, drug/alcohol induced causes, and injury intent and mechanism. In addition to viewing data for the border region, border states, and border counties, results can also focus on the level of urbanization for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Matters
Quarterly publication focused on rural health in Texas from the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH).
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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The Impact of a Rural Hospital Closure
Discusses the impacts of hospital closures with a focus on Texas. Addresses how access issues can result in mortality, challenges with reopening hospitals, and the economic impact of rural hospitals and hospital closures.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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Supply and Distribution Tables for State-Licensed Health Professions in Texas
Provides annual, county-level data on health workforce supply for a wide range of healthcare professions in Texas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Texas Health Data
Provides public health datasets for Texas addressing healthcare use and quality, mortality, opioids, lifestyle risk factors, the health workforce, and more. Filtering options vary by data source and may include data by county, Metropolitan Service Area, and border counties.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Cancer-Rates.info
Contains cancer incidence and mortality data for a number of states, with the option to view data by county, cancer type, gender, race and ethnicity, and in most cases, rural/urban geography.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky
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Texas Rural Hospitals
A table identifying rural hospitals in the state of Texas, including contact information and whether they are designated a Critical Access Hospital (CAH).
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Texas State Office of Rural Health
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Rural Border Health Topic Guide
Information, resources, and frequently asked questions about health, social determinants of health, and healthcare access along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Texas
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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Texas 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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Texas 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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Texas 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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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Texas Resources.


Last Updated: 11/30/2020