Traffic Safety in Appalachia: Final Report
Defines the traffic safety culture in Appalachia and discusses causes of common safety problems in the region, including drug- and alcohol-impaired driving. Explores environmental concerns of Appalachian drivers, such as expansive rural regions, mountainous and curved terrain, and dense forests exposed to extreme weather elements. Includes analysis of Appalachian traffic fatalities, fatal crash data statistics, and an evaluation of the Appalachian Development Highway System as a possible intervention measure for treating traffic safety problems. Also includes a case study of severe crashes in Appalachian North Carolina, featuring statistics with breakdowns by rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Wesley Kumfer, Katherine Harmon, Bo Lan, et al. Date: 02/2021 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission view details
Hospital Access in the Fifth District and COVID-19
Examines hospital access in West Virginia, Virginia, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
Discusses concerns raised by the COVID-19 pandemic and
provides state- and county-level statistics and data on
number of hospital beds per capita, average distance to
nearest hospitals, and more.
Author(s): Surekha Carpenter, Tim Sablik Date: 04/2020 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond view details
Virginia's Occupational Therapy Assistant Workforce: 2020
An overview of the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2020 Occupational Therapy Assistant Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of OTAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 03/2020 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions view details
Suppers in Virginia Give Rural Folks a Chance to Meet and Share Information
Describes community suppers, which are events organized by the Virginia State Office of Rural Health (VA SORH) to encourage health-related discussion among rural community members. Topics include wellness, examples of community success, and suggestions for improvement.
Author(s): Beth Blevins Date: 02/2020 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health view details
Access to Autism Spectrum Disorder Services for Rural Appalachian Citizens
Summarizes the challenges of accessibility and affordability faced by residents of rural southwest Virginia as they seek services for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Highlights the effects of extreme poverty and the need for cultural sensitivity among service providers. Offers suggestions for policymakers and features demographic statistics on caregivers and providers.
Author(s): Angela Scarpa, Laura S. Jensen, Denis Gracanin, Sharon L. Ramey, Angela V. Dahiya Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 2(1), 25-40 Date: 2020 Type: Document view details
Factors Affecting the Development of Medicaid Hospital Payment Policies: Findings from Structured Interviews in Five States
Study examining Medicaid hospital payment policies with a focus on factors affecting payment mix and structure, the impact of state policies and financing methods, how states target hospital services or types such as rural hospitals, barriers to and drivers of change to payment methods, and more. Focuses on 5 states that made or are making significant hospital policy changes: Arizona, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, and Virginia. Appendix B includes state profiles.
Author(s): Thomas Marks, Kathy Gifford, Steven Perlin, Melisa Byrd, Timothy Beger Date: 10/2018 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission view details
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 view details
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 view details