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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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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 E. 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 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: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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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: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Department of State Health Services
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Diabetes Prevention Program Sites Compared With Diabetes Prevalence and Ratio of Primary Care Physicians in Texas
Discusses partnerships between the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and state organizations to provide type 2 diabetes prevention education by increasing access to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognized Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPPs). Offers state maps that identify the county locations of DPPs in comparison to diagnosed diabetes prevalence and the ratio of primary care physicians per 100,000 residents.
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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Texas Map of Rural Hospitals
Map identifying the location of rural hospitals in Texas.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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Last Updated: 1/31/2023