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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities – Resources

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

Cancer Surveillance and Access to Care in Rural America
Webinar Recording discusses a study on access to cancer care in rural areas nationally and in South Carolina. Analyzes travel distance to receive care for colorectal and cervical cancer care across the country and compares it to data on access to colorectal cancer care in South Carolina.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 02/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center), Rural Health Research Gateway
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Infants Without Health Insurance: Racial/Ethnic and Rural/Urban Disparities in Infant Households' Insurance Coverage
Explores how the uneven expansion of Medicaid affects the racial/ethnic health insurance coverage for infants across rural and urban areas in the U.S. Highlights spatial patterns in health insurance coverage among infants, and examines the probability that an infant will be born without health insurance coverage using 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS) data and logistic regression.
Author(s): Scott R Sanders, Michael R Cope, Paige N Park, Wesley Jeffery, Jorden E Jackson
Citation: PLoS ONE, 15(1)
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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Health Care Use and Access among Rural and Urban Nonelderly Adult Medicare Beneficiaries
Study highlights the healthcare access and utilization of disabled adults under 65 who are enrolled in Medicare. Compares rural and urban participants by age, race, and geographic region, among other measures.
Author(s): Erika Ziller, Amanda Burgess, Deborah Thayer
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Marketplace Premiums and Insurer Participation: 2017-2020
Reports on changes in average lowest silver premiums in the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplaces from 2017 to 2020 by state. Table 2 includes rural state-level lowest silver premiums by year for selected states, as well as year-over-year percent change.
Author(s): John Holahan, Erik Wengle, Caroline Elmendorf
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Urban Institute
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Determinants of Rural-Urban Differences in Health Care Provider Visits Among Women of Reproductive Age in the United States
Uses nationally representative data to investigate whether rural and urban women of reproductive age experience differences in healthcare provider visits. Features rural/urban comparisons on individual- and county-level characteristics and medical provider visits by type of healthcare professional.
Author(s): Hyunjung Lee, Ashley H. Hirai, Ching-Ching Claire Lin, John E. Snyder
Citation: PLos One, 15(12), e0240700
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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Access to Specialty Healthcare in Urban Versus Rural US Populations: A Systematic Literature Review
Surveys research between January 2013 – August 2018 on healthcare access, seeking clear definition and understanding of barriers to specialty care. Draws data from 67 peer-reviewed articles, presenting a conceptual framework based on common themes. Discusses issues of availability, perception, policy, stigma, and other access factors.
Author(s): Melissa Cyr, Anna Etchin, Barbara Guthrie, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 19, 974
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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Challenges in Managing Acute Cardiovascular Diseases and Follow Up Care in Rural Areas: A Narrative Review
Explores the challenges of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) management and follow up care in rural areas. Details access and workforce issues that make ACS care challenging in rural and remote areas.
Author(s): Sandra C. Thompson, Lee Nedkoff, Judith Katzenellenbogen, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(24), 5126
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
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The Value Initiative Members in Action: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - Lebanon, N.H
Describes how the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center partners with rural and community hospitals to provide telehealth specialty care services across northern New England through the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Connected Care program. Discusses clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction with the telehealth programs. Examines how telehealth services impact staffing and services offered in small and rural hospitals.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Differences in Select Measures of Health Care Access, Utilization, and Financial Burden by Urbanicity, 2017
Examines healthcare access, utilization, and financial burden among adults aged 18-64 living in large metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), small MSAs, and nonmetro (rural) areas. Includes both unadjusted data and data adjusted to focus on the effects of urbanicity by accounting for potential sociodemographic or health characteristics that might impact access.
Author(s): Emily P. Terlizzi, Robin A. Cohen
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Partnership Integration for Rural Health Resource Access
Describes an interdisciplinary partnership model combining nursing, public health, and gerontology to address the health and social challenges affecting older adults living in rural areas. Offers steps for developing an interdisciplinary partnership and highlights a model utilizing clinical and non-clinical disciplines to improve rural health resource access.
Author(s): Teresa Sharp, Joyce Weil, Audrey Snyder, Kathleen Dunemn, Gwyneth Milbrath, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 19(4), 5335
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
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