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Social Determinants of Health for Rural People News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Moody’s Report First to Measure Social Effects on Health in Every County
Jan 2, 2018 - Highlights the results of a report prepared for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association on the links between social determinants of health and differences in health across communities. The report, Understanding Health Conditions Across the U.S., found that social determinants of health have a greater impact on chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes, and coronary artery disease, and a lesser impact on conditions like cancer, substance use disorder, and mental health.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
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A Conversation with Sarah Hughes
Dec 19, 2017 - Radio interview with Sarah Hughes, the Housing Navigator for United Healthcare in Nebraska. Discussion includes the work Hughes does to address homelessness, what homelessness looks like in rural Nebraska, and the connection between homelessness and health, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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UN Poverty Official Touring Alabama's Black Belt: 'I Haven't Seen This' in the First World
Dec 8, 2017 - Highlights areas of rural Alabama where many residents do not have septic tanks and are forced to pipe sewage out of their homes into open trenches. The potential for spreading illness, whether through old water pipes that might not be perfectly sealed or through exposure while children are playing outside, is a significant health concern. Also touches on the influence of poverty and racial discrimination on this health concern.
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Third-World Parasite Plagues the Rural South
Nov 22, 2017 - Highlights the prevalence of hookworm in the rural South, focusing on a specific county in Alabama. Many of these residents cannot afford septic systems, and those who can often have systems that are not conducive to the climate and soil type, pumping sewage back into homes. Details the impact of hookworm disease on health, especially in children, and research happening to better understand the problem and potential solutions.
Source: Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
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Last Updated: 1/3/2018