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Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Redressing Systemic Inequities: Five Lessons For Community-Based COVID-19 Testing From The RADx-UP Initiative
Highlights lessons from the RADx-UP Initiative to show how equity-focused strategies can expand testing uptake. Provides a framework and policy directions for scaling up community-based approaches.
Author(s): Andrea Thoumi, Kamaria Kaalund, Ethan Phillips, et al.
Citation: Health Affairs Forefront
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Job Losses Hit Rural Areas Still Recovering From Great Recession
Reports on unemployment rates during the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020-2021 by race and rural versus urban designation.
Author(s): Austin Sanders
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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COVID-19 and Hospital Financial Viability in the US
Results of a study comparing operating and profit margins from 2016-2019 at 2,163 hospitals across the country to margins during the first year of the pandemic. Features statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural areas.
Author(s): Yang Wang, Ge Bai, Gerard Anderson
Citation: JAMA Health Forum, 3(5)
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Mapping the Intersections of Poverty, Race and COVID-19
Features data from more than 3,200 counties to connect information about COVID-19 deaths to demographic characteristics including income, race, health insurance status, and more. Includes an interactive county-level mapping tool.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Poor People's Campaign
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Labor Force Participation Decreased Less in Rural Areas Than in Urban Areas at the Onset of COVID-19 Pandemic
Chart showing U.S. labor force participation in 2007, 2019, 2020, and 2021, with breakdowns by urban and rural location and by age groups 16-24, 25-64, and 65 and older.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Strategies for Rural Health Leaders' Success in a Post-COVID-19 World
Playbook for rural hospital leaders to approach COVID-19 response, vaccination, and related public health efforts. Discusses strategies for countering misinformation through partnerships with community institutions, conducting assessments of community vaccination needs, and communications and engagement. Features case studies of hospitals serving rural communities, and offers links to other tools and resources.
Additional links: Webinar: Rural Health Leaders on Strategies for Pandemic and Beyond
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties Over Time (Update)
Presents charts to compare COVID-19 incidence and mortality rates in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas from April 1, 2020 - May 15, 2022.
Author(s): Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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COVID-19 Hospital Encounters by Urban-Rural Location of the Hospital by Week From Selected Hospitals
Line chart showing hospitals' percentage of confirmed COVID-19 encounters among all emergency department or inpatient encounters. Includes data from March 2020 through September 2021 for large central and fringe metro areas, and medium and small metro areas, and rural areas.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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TRAIN Learning Network: COVID-19 Vaccination Training
A collection of online learning opportunities for healthcare professionals related to COVID-19 vaccination. Registration required to access courses.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Foundation
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Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity (COCA) Calls/Webinars
Up-to-date guidance for clinicians from subject matter experts on key emergency preparedness and response topics. Many recent calls are focused on COVID-19 vaccination and related concerns. Slides and webinar recordings for past COCA calls are available.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Calendar/Event List
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Last Updated: 5/20/2022