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Rural Health Disparities – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Health Disparities.

Do Rural and Urban Women Experience Differing Rates of Maternal Rehospitalizations?
Compares rural and urban differences in maternal hospital readmission rates for women who delivered with minor assistance and for women who delivered by cesarean section, using data from the 2011 California Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project.
Author(s): Wei-Chen Lee, Charles Phillips, Robert Ohsfeldt
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 15(3), 3335
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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The Intersection of Residence and Area Deprivation: The Case of Hospitalizations from Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions among Children
Analyzes the role of residence and community deprivation on potentially avoidable hospitalizations among children. Examines rates of potentially avoidable hospitalizations by rural/urban geography across 9 states and discusses policy and research implications of the findings. Part 2 of a 2-part series.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Nathan Hale, Janice C. Probst, Ashley Robertson
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Area Deprivation Is Higher among Rural Counties — but Not All Rural Counties Are Deprived
Examines the role of residence and community deprivation on potentially avoidable hospitalizations among children. Introduces the Area Deprivation Index, applies the index to counties across the United States, and analyzes rates of potentially avoidable hospitalizations by urban and rural locations across 9 states. (Part 1 of a 2-part series.)
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Nathan Hale, Janice C. Probst, Ashley Robertson
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South
Analyzes the health and well-being of low-income Black women in nine rural counties across Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Identifies barriers to success and economic security, including poverty, low educational attainment, and inadequate access to public infrastructure, healthcare, and more. Includes statistics and demographics for each of the states and counties included in the study.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative
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Differences in Stroke Mortality Among Adults Aged 45 and Over: United States, 2010-2013
Provides data on stroke mortality among adults 45 and over by age, race/ethnicity, income, urban-rural residence, and residence inside or outside the Stroke Belt. Figure 4 shows stroke rates for metropolitan and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Deborah D. Ingram, Jessica A. Montresor-Lopez
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Rural Healthy People 2020: New Decade, Same Challenges
Uses results from a nationally representative survey to identify rural health priorities from Healthy People 2020's national priorities. Top rural health priorities include access to quality healthcare, nutrition and weight status, diabetes, and others.
Author(s): Jane Bolin, Gail Bellamy, Alva Ferdinand, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 31(3), 326-333
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
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Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Treatment Delay Within Appalachia – The Role of For-Profit Hospitals
Discusses the timeliness of colorectal cancer (CRC) treatment in rural hospitals of the Appalachian regions of Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. Study uses data from the 2006-2008 Central Cancer Registry (CCR) as well as Medicare claims to identify delays between diagnosis and treatment in healthcare facilities with various funding models.
Author(s): Eric E. Seiber, Fabian Camacho, Muhammad Fazal Zeeshan, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 31(4), 382-391
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
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The Health and Well-Being of Children in Rural Areas: A Portrait of the Nation 2011–2012
Describes data from the National Survey of Children's Health demonstrating the health and well-being of children, as well as the family environment and the characteristics of the community that affect rural children and their families.
Date: 04/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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Child Health USA 2014
Collection of data on the physical, mental, and emotional health of the Nation's children. Addresses poverty, education, child care, and health service utilization and financing. Includes selected data by rural and urban residence.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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Reducing Cancer Screening Disparities in Medicare Beneficiaries Through Cancer Patient Navigation
Features a study of an intervention to counter the cancer screening disparities of Native Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific Islander Medicare beneficiaries in rural Hawaii. Breaks down data by race, age, and comorbidity, among other factors.
Author(s): Kathryn L. Braun, William L. Thomas Jr, Jermy‐Leigh B. Domingo, et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 63(2)
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
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Last Updated: 11/25/2022