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Robert Pack & Maggie Elehwany: VRHA Keynoters--and VRHA Board President Summer Sage
Recording from the 2017 Virginia Rural Health Association (VRHA)'s Rural Health Providers Conference. Discussion of new rural healthcare-related education initiatives and resources, grant funding to help combat the Virginia opioid crisis, and rural health policy developments on the federal level and their impact on rural areas.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Affairs, National Rural Education Association
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey
Provides state and county-level data 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. Includes breakdowns by five levels of urban or rural county types.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Virginia
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Child Care Deserts
A report analyzing child care centers by zip code in eight states, with a specific focus on how limited or complete lack of access disproportionately affects rural areas. Includes a discussion of what constitutes a child care desert and what may prevent families from finding needed care, such as prohibitive cost based on income ratio.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Pathways to BSN: A Look at Virginia’s Registered Nurse Workforce
Provides information about the registered nurse workforce in Virginia including how registered nurses advance in the profession, their educational debt and their income. Provides rural, suburban, and urban data.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia’s Physician Assistant Workforce: 2015
Survey results for the state of Virginia regarding all aspects of the physician assistant workforce including background, current employment, residency programs, job turnover, demographics, income, and primary role. Includes data and statistics broken down by metro, non-metro, and rural counties.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia’s Optometrist Workforce: 2015
Survey results for the state of Virginia regarding all aspects of the optometrist workforce including background, current employment, residency programs, job turnover, demographics, income, and primary role. Includes data and statistics broken down by metro, non-metro, and rural counties.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia’s Pharmacist Workforce: 2015
Survey results for the state of Virginia regarding all aspects of the pharmacist workforce including background, current employment, residency programs, job turnover, demographics, income, and primary role. Includes data and statistics broken down by metro, non-metro, and rural counties.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia Certified Nurse Aide Workforce: 2015
Provides an overview of the certified nurse aide workforce in Virginia for year 2015. Offers insight into the number of certified nurse aides in rural Virginia as well as how many originate in rural areas of Virginia.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia's Licensed Nurse Practitioner Workforce: 2015
Provides an overview of the licensed nurse practitioners in Virginia based on data from the 2015 Registered Nurse Workforce Survey. Offers insight into the number of licensed nurse practitioners in rural Virginia as well as how many originate from rural areas of Virginia.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia's Licensed Practical Nurse Workforce: 2015
Provides an overview of the licensed practical nurse workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2015 Registered Nurse Workforce Survey. Offers insight into the number of licensed practical nurse in rural Virginia as well as how many originate from rural areas of Virginia.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia’s Registered Nurse Workforce: 2015
Provides an overview of the registered nurse workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2015 Registered Nurse Workforce Survey. Offers insight into the number of registered nurses in rural Virginia as well as how many originate from rural areas of Virginia.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia’s Dentistry Workforce: 2015
Provides an overview of the oral health workforce in Virginia for year 2015. Offers insight into the number of dentists working in rural Virginia as well as how many dentists originate in rural areas of Virginia.
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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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.
Location: 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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Virginia’s Physical Therapist Assistant Workforce: 2014
Results of a survey of physical therapist assistants in Virginia. Includes data, maps, and statistics organized by response rate, gender, age, employment and license status, race and ethnicity, rural versus urban childhood and current living situation, state recruitment rates, education levels and geographic distribution of work (for example, full time equivalency units).
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Community Health Center Growth & Sustainability: State Profiles From the Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic United States
Provides health and economic data, and Medicaid policy information regarding community health centers (CHCs) in rural and urban areas, from 13 Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states (Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia.
Author(s): Dan Lowenstein, Nancy Lager, Tom Manning
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RCHN Community Health Foundation
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Disparities in Obesity Among Rural and Urban Residents in a Health Disparate Region
Reports on a community-based study to measure and compare the current levels of obesity and associated lifestyle behaviors of physical activity and diets of fruits and vegetables among rural and urban residents in south central Virginia and north central North Carolina.
Author(s): Jennie L Hill, Wen You, Jamie M Zoellner
Location: BMC Public Health, 2014(14), 1051
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
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No Margin for Error: Virginia's Rural Hospitals at a Crossroads
Documents the importance of Virginia's 37 rural hospitals and highlights the impact they have on local communities. Also explains the financial and workforce-related issues facing these critical community assets.
Author(s): Jay Andrews, Barbara Brown, Sheila Gray, et al.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association
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The Virginia Health Care Landscape
Provides an overview of Virginia's demographics, state economy, population health, uninsured rates, Medicaid beneficiaries, and safety net providers, including Critical Access Hospitals.
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Description of Healthcare Needs at an Episodic Clinic in Rural Southwest Virginia
Describes the population served at an episodic clinic in Southwest Virginia to better understand patient needs at a yearly episodic Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinic that provides free healthcare services. Includes demographic information collected from RAM patient records, including age, sex, primary care physician access, tobacco use, and more.
Author(s): Audrey Snyder, Gwyneth Milbrath
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 13, 2557
Date: 12/2013
Type: Document
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Virginia's State Rural Health Plan: Supporting Rural Health Through Community Engagement and Action
Contains the key objectives and priorities for rural health in Virginia including objectives on health outcomes, healthy communities, access to health care, individual empowerment, workforce development, and advocacy.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
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Qualitative Needs Assessment: Healthcare Experiences of Underserved Populations in Montgomery County, Virginia
Describes a study that was conducted as part of a comprehensive community assessment to determine the feasibility of developing an FQHC in an medically underserved area (MUA) of Virginia.
Author(s): Kelly Pieh, Cathy Callahan, Pat Young
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 12, 1816
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
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Delivering Free Healthcare to Rural Central Appalachia Population: The Case of the Health Wagon
Describes the Health Wagon, a full mobile medical clinic delivering free health care to those in rural Southwest Virginia in Central Appalachia.
Author(s): Teresa Gardner, Paul Gavaza, Paula Meade, Donna Adkins
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 12, 2035
Date: 03/2012
Type: Document
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Virginia Free Clinic Provides Multiple Health Services Under One Roof
Describes how Virginia's Giles Clinic is providing free medical, dental and mental health care to uninsured residents, many of whom had gone years without primary care.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2010(Fall)
Date: 11/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Virginia Shortage Designations and Maps
Maps and data for shortage designations in the state of Virginia. Includes maps for mental health professional shortage areas (HPSAs), dental health HPSAs, and primary care HPSAs. Also provides information for finding HPSAs and Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) by address and locality.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health
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Virginia Health Data Portal
Interactive tool that provides health related data for the state of Virginia. Includes information about cancer, chronic disease, communicable disease, demographics, drinking water, heath behavior, injury and violence, maternal and child health, opioid addiction, sexually transmitted infection, and social determinants of health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health
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Healthcare Workforce Data Findings
Collection of health workforce reports for a wide range of professions in Virginia. Each report includes information on the number of healthcare professionals, provider demographics, geographic distribution, income, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Virginia Health Centers Research & Data
Provides maps of FQHC locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Virginia Atlas of Community Health
Provides access to health indicators by health planning district, town, and county for Virginia.
Type: Website
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Virginia
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Virginia KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Virginia QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Virginia State Health Facts
The latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Virginia Rural Health Association Weekly Updates
Provides news updates on rural health topics from the Virginia Rural Health Association.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Rural Health Association
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Virginia - Health Equity Matters
Blog focused on inequities related to socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, geography and living environment, and access to health care in Virginia.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health: Office of Health Equity
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Last Updated: 12/11/2017