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Rural Health Disparities – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Health Disparities.

POLARIS: Rural Health
Collection of CDC's policy-relevant research, data, and resources related to rural health issues. Provides an overview of challenges rural areas face and identifies public health strategies to address specific health concerns.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Blue Cross Blue Shield Health Index
Provides access to state and county-level comprehensive health scores based on over 300 health condition categories. Includes data by condition for the top 10 national conditions. Identifies top conditions impacting each state and county. Based on claims data of over 41 million Blue Cross Blue Shield commercially insured members.
Additional links: National Health Index
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Blue Cross Blue Shield
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DATA2020
Interactive tool to explore data and technical information related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro locations for some topics. After selecting a topic and measure, choose "View data by group" and look for Geographic Location to find rural/urban data. Topics addressed include healthcare access, health-related behaviors, specific health conditions, specific populations, and more.
Additional links: Health Disparities Widget
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Healthy People
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Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series Webinars
Collection of recorded webinars focused on studies featured in the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series and rural programs funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) that are working to address rural health disparities.
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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CDC Rural Health
Provides an overview of rural health concerns, access to CDC-produced reports highlighting rural health issues, and examples of resources and successful approaches to improve health in rural communities. Topics addressed include antibiotic use, arthritis, cancer, child health, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), leading causes of death, diabetes, drug overdose, health behaviors, motor vehicle safety, suicide, seat belt use, vaccination, and zoonotic diseases in rural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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MMWR Rural Health Series
A 2017 series of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report articles focused on rural health issues.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Mapping Medicare Disparities
Provides access to county-level data and comparisons on chronic disease prevalence, Medicare spending, hospital and emergency department utilization, preventive services, and preventable hospitalizations, readmissions, mortality rates, and COVID-19 hospitalization and prevalence rates for Medicare beneficiaries. Includes hospital-level quality of care and cost of care data and comparisons.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences
Offers a variety of data tables and online tools that display indicators of mortality rates by age, rurality, region, and sex to help researchers examine the impact of rurality on mortality.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
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Rural Healthy People 2020
Outlines the strategic plan for Rural Healthy People (RHP) 2020, identifying top rural health priority areas. Includes links to volumes one and two of the RHP2020 report which provide detailed insights on the rural health priority topics.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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U.S. Health Map
Interactive map that provides county-level data by gender on life expectancy, mortality rates, and risk factors, including diabetes, hypertension, obesity, physical activity, cancer, alcohol use, and smoking.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation
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Last Updated: 6/3/2022