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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Healthcare Access in Rural Communities.

Challenges of Rural Cancer Care in the United States
Highlights the impact of rurality affecting the care of rural cancer patients and healthcare providers treating cancer patients. Discussion includes the availability of cancer specialists, limited transportation services, lower socioeconomic status, health insurance coverage, less access to clinical trials, and the shortage of palliative and end-of-life staff and services.
Author(s): Mary Charlton, Jennifer Schlichting, Catherine Chioreso, et al.
Citation: Oncology (Williston Park), 29(9), 633-640
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
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Free Clinics in the Rural Safety Net, 2014
Examines availability and location of free clinics across the U.S. Highlights challenges faced by free clinics, including challenges associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Additional links: Key Facts
Author(s): Amy Martin, Grishma Bhavsar, Lauren Workman, Janice C. Probst
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Dentist Supply, Dental Care Utilization, and Oral Health Among Rural and Urban U.S. Residents
Investigates the differences between rural and urban adults regarding their utilization of dental care services. Discusses the influence of dentist supply and oral health outcomes in rural and urban areas.
Author(s): Mark P. Doescher, Gina A. Keppel
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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The Value Proposition of Retail Clinics
Describes the role retail clinics can play in improving healthcare access in underserved communities, including rural areas. Discusses the potential of telehealth use at retail clinics. Offers recommendations for optimizing the value of retail clinics to meet individual and community health needs.
Author(s): Deborah Bachrach, Jonah Frohlich, Allison Garcimonde, Keith Nevitt
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Acceptance of New Patients With Public and Private Insurance by Office-based Physicians: United States, 2013
Provides data on office-based physicians accepting new patients with Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. See Figure 2 for comparison of metropolitan to nonmetropolitan acceptance rates by patient payment source. Also includes state-level data.
Author(s): Esther Hing, Sandra L. Decker, Eric Jamoom
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Rural Substance Use Treatment Centers in the United States: An Assessment of Treatment Quality by Location
Investigates the differences in treatment quality in rural and urban substance abuse treatment centers to determine if these differences are a result of structural characteristics and rurality.
Author(s): Mary Bond Edmond, Lydia Aletraris, Paul M. Roman
Citation: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 41(5), 449-457
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Rural Healthy People 2020: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2020, Volume 1
Provides a rural focus for the Healthy People 2020 priorities. Includes overviews of the top 10 rural health priority areas identified by rural stakeholders. (Volume 2 discusses priorities 11-20.) Topics addressed include: health insurance, primary care, emergency services, nutrition and weight status, diabetes, mental health, substance abuse, heart disease and stroke, physical activity, older adults, maternal and child health, and tobacco use. Each overview includes reviews of the relevant literature and models that rural communities can use to address the issues. Document is available for free download, after providing brief information about intended use.
Author(s): Jane N. Bolin, Gail Bellamy, Alva O. Ferdinand, Bita Kash, Janet W. Helduser
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook
Updates information presented in Health, United States, 2001: With Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. Highlights current trends and disparities across different levels of metro and nonmetropolitan counties, including population characteristics; health-related behaviors and risk factors; mortality rates; healthcare access and use; mental health measures; and other health measures such as teen birth rates, tooth loss, and activity limitations due to chronic disease. Individual data tables are available in an Excel file.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Alana Knudson, Tess Gilbert, et al.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
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Rural Implications of the Blueprints for State-Based Health Insurance Marketplaces
Presents different states' approaches to the health insurance marketplaces including service areas and rating areas, network adequacy requirements, rural consumer outreach, rural representation on the marketplace governing board, certification and oversight of qualified health plans, and design of the small business health options program.
Author(s): Andy Potter, Matt Nattinger, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Access to Rural Health Care – A Literature Review and New Synthesis
Reviews relevant literature to help clarify the meaning of access in the context of rural healthcare. Focuses on four dimensions of access including people, place, provider, and payment, and notes that changes in one dimension affects the others. Recommends that policymakers address all dimensions of access throughout the policymaking process to ensure best outcomes.
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney, Andrew Coburn, Jennifer Lundblad, et al.
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Last Updated: 9/29/2022