Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration

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The final part in our four-part Defying Despair series, this webinar discussed ongoing efforts to increase access to evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorder and guide people on a path to recovery.

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Rural Health in America: How Shifting Populations Leave People Behind

 

 

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Rural Statistics - Census Bureau, Rural America Interactive

1990: US Census data

2010: American FactFinder

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Age: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011–2015 American Community Survey, 5-year estimates; 2015 American Community Survey.

Over 65 statistic: Nathan Paluso, Zachariah Croll, Deborah Thayer, Jean Talbot, Andrew Coburn, “Residential Settings and Healthcare Use of the Rural "Oldest-Old" Medicare Population,” Maine Rural Health Research Center

Income and Poverty in the United States: 2018; September 2019, Report Number p60-266

  • Poverty Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2018 and 2019 Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC).
    "In 2018, the poverty line was $12,490 an individual and $25,100 for a family of four."

Income Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Current Population Survey, 2018 and 2019 Annual Social and Economic Supplements.

Health Outcomes Citations:
Rural Health Data Explorer, Diagnosed Diabetes Prevalence. Original data from CDC Diabetes County Data Indicators.
Rural Health Data Explorer, Obesity Prevalence. Original data from CDC Diabetes County Data Indicators.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tobacco Use by Geographic Region

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Hospital statistic: NC Rural Health Research Program, The Cecil G Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina

Maternal statistics: National Rural Health Association and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

PCP (2014), Dentist (2015) and Total Physician (2015) statistics: RHI Hub and HRSA Area Health Resource Files

Voter access to specialists: Bipartisan Policy Center & American Heart Association Rural Health Care Polling Presentation (June 2019)

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Telehealth statistic: NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Life in Rural America Part II

Rural residency: HRSA

National Health Service Corps: NHSC

Scope of Practice laws: Rural Health Information Hub, Scope of Practice

EMS: Rural Health Information Hub, Resources on Emergency Medical Services 

Doulas: Econometrica

FCC statistic of 21.3 million
Microsoft study of 162 million 

As urbanization increases, an older, sicker and poorer population remains in rural America. Despite the health care challenges posed by these changes, promising initiatives can improve rural health.