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Rural Health Disparities – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Health Disparities.

Health Equity Toolkit for Rural and Remote Communities
Educational toolkit outlining health equity and steps that rural and remote public health organizations can take to improve health equity. Discusses rural challenges impacting health equity. Offers a curriculum to support staff discussion sessions, procedures for conducting a community health survey, and a session evaluation tool. Email address required to access toolkit documents.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: OMNI Institute, Pitkin County Public Health, Silver Thread Public Health District
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Where We Call Home: LGBT in Rural America
Series of reports and resources highlighting the social challenges LGBT people face living in rural America, including one focused on LGBT people of color. Includes recommendations for healthcare providers, policy makers, and educators.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Movement Advancement Project
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Life and Health in Rural America
Series of articles based on reports by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on life and health in rural America.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Journal of Appalachian Health
Highlights issues relating to the health and wellness of rural Appalachian communities. Features peer-reviewed, open access research on health outcomes in Appalachia.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky College of Public Health
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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Rural Health
Features rural health initiatives, articles, and other related content to demonstrate the connection between health, rural community and economic development.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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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 43 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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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 Reports by Topic: Rural Health Disparities
A collection 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, and mortality rates for Medicare beneficiaries. Also offers 2018 Medicare Advantage encounter data. Includes hospital-level quality of care and cost of care data and comparisons as well as social determinants of health data for both the Medicare and non-Medicare population down to the census tract level.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Last Updated: 1/19/2024