Selected recent or important resources focusing on What is Rural?.
Reimagining Rural: Shifting Paradigms About Health and Well-Being in the Rural United States
Discusses ways to address health disparities in rural areas with a focus on shifting away from the deficit narrative of rural places. Explores definitions of rural, the diversity and intersectionality of rural citizens, and how to conduct participatory community research to promote partnerships and health equity in rural communities.
Author(s): R.A. Afifi, E.A. Parker, G. Dino, D.M. Hall, B. Ulin Citation: Annual Review of Public Health, 43, 135-154 Date: 04/2022 Type: Document view details
Counties by Metro/Micro Area Status: 2020
Map of the United States displaying metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas by county using data from the Office and Management and Budget (OMB).
Date: 12/2021 Type: Map/Mapping System Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau view details
Which Definition of Rurality Should I Use?: The Relative Performance of 8 Federal Rural Definitions in Identifying Rural-Urban Disparities
Study comparing 8 definitions of rural used by the federal government in order to understand how often the same areas were identified as rural and to measure rural-urban disparities related to socioeconomic status, demographics, healthcare access, and health outcomes. Analyzes 20210 census tract-level spatial data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2019 5-year American Community Survey (ACS) population estimates, the Provider of Services file, and the National Plan and Provider Enumeration System files from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Author(s): Julianna C. Long, Paul L. Delamater, George M. Holmes Citation: Medical Care, 59, S413-S419 Date: 10/2021 Type: Document view details
Is Rural America Failing or Succeeding? Maybe Both
Policy brief examining Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) reclassification of rural counties as metropolitan
due to population growth. Provides visual data on counties
that transitioned from nonmetropolitan to metropolitan
since 1970, including a U.S. map representing reclassified
counties. Discusses the implications of reclassification
for economic policy and interpretations of rural
Author(s): Kenneth M. Johnson and Daniel T. Lichter Date: 09/2020 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy view details
What is Rural?
Provides an overview of the different ways the federal government describes areas as rural. Discusses confusion that can arise from multiple definitions of rural areas. Compares how different urban-rural designations classify each county in South Carolina.
Author(s): Samantha Renaud, Kevin Bennett Date: 08/2020 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare view details
Considerations for Defining Rural Places in Health Policies and Programs
Highlights key questions to be considered when evaluating a definition of rural that is most appropriate for a specific policy or program. Discusses the principles needed to drive rural definitions and the current challenges of changing rural definitions. Provides an overview of common rural definitions in use, and offers options for the development of new definitions and adjustments to current definitions.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Andrew F. Coburn, Alana Knudson, Jennifer P. Lundblad, A. Clinton MacKinney, et al. Date: 05/2020 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel view details
Infographic showing a variety of charts about micropolitan statistical areas. Includes a map of micropolitan areas. Provides data on the micropolitan population compared to the U.S. population as a whole, covering age and sex, race/ethnicity, population change, industry, and occupation.
Date: 07/2019 Type: Website Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau view details
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