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Achieving Rural Health Equity and Well-Being by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Karen Anderson; Steve Olson
Rural counties make up about 80 percent of the land area of the United States, but they contain less than 20 percent of the U.S. population. The relative sparseness of the population in rural areas is one of many factors that influence the health and well-being of rural Americans. Rural areas have histories, economies, and cultures that differ from those of cities and from one rural area to another. Understanding these differences is critical to taking steps to improve health and well-being in rural areas and to reduce health disparities among rural populations. To explore the impacts of economic, demographic, and social issues in rural communities and to learn about asset-based approaches to addressing the associated challenges, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a workshop on June 13, 2017. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
Call Number: Ebook
Publication Date: 2018
Rural Populations and Health: Determinants, Disparities, and Solution by Richard A. Crosby; Robin C. Vanderpool; Monica L. Wendel; Baretta R. Casey
Health-related disparities remain a persistent, serious problem across the nation's more than 60 million rural residents. Rural Populations and Health provides an overview of the critical issues surrounding rural health and offers a strong theoretical and evidence-based rationale for rectifying rural health disparities in the United States. This edited collection includes a comprehensive examination of myriad issues in rural health and rural health care services, as well as a road map for reducing disparities, building capacity and collaboration, and applying prevention research in rural areas. This textbook offers a review of rural health systems in Colorado, Kentucky, Alabama, and Iowa, and features contributions from key leaders in rural public health throughout the United States. Rural Populations and Health examines vital health issues such as: Health assessment Strategies for building rural coalitions Promoting rural adolescent health Rural food disparities Promoting oral health in rural areas Physical activity in rural communities Preventing farm-related injuries Addressing mental health issues Cancer prevention and control in rural communities Reducing rural tobacco use Rural Populations and Health is an important resource for students, faculty, and researchers in public health, preventive medicine, public health nursing, social work, and sociology.
Call Number: RA771.5.R88 2012 (Ekstrom)
Publication Date: 2012
Challenges of Rural Cancer Care in the United States
Charlton M, Schlichting J, Chioreso C, Ward M, Vikas P. Challenges of rural cancer care in the United States. Oncology (Williston Park). 2015 Sep; 29(9):633-640.
Disparities in Rural Tobacco Use, Smoke-Free Policies, and Tobacco Taxes
Buettner-Schmidt K, Miller DR, Maack B. Disparities in rural tobacco use, smoke-free policies, and tobacco taxes. West J Nurs Res. 2019 Aug; 41(8):1184-1202. DOI: 10.1177/0193945919828061.
Exposing Some Important Barriers to Health Care Access in the Rural USA
Douthit N, Kiv S, Dwolatzky T, Biswas S. Exposing some important barriers to health care access in the rural USA. Public Health 2015 Jun; 129(6):611-620. DOI: 10.1016/j.puhe.2015.04.001.
Oral Health Status of Rural Adults in the United States
Vargas CM, Dye BA, Hayes KL. Oral health status of rural adults in the United States. J Am Dent Assoc. 2002 Dec; 133(12):1672-1681. DOI: 10.14219/jada.archive.2002.0120.
Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults - United States, 2012-2015
James CV, Moonesinghe R, Wilson-Frederick SM, Hall JE, Penman-Aguilar A, Bouye K. Racial/ethnic health disparities among rural adults – United States, 2012-2015. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2017 Nob; 66(23):109. DOI: 10.15585/mmwr.ss6623a1.
Rural Counties With Majority Black or Indigenous Populations Suffer the Highest Rates of Premature Death in the US
Henning-Smith CE, Hernandez AM, Hardeman RR, Ramirez MR, Kozhimannil KB. Rural countries with majority Black or Indigenous populations suffer the highest rates of premature death in the US. Health Aff (Millwood). 2019 Dec; 38(12):2019-2026. DOI: 10.1377/hlthaff.2019.00847.
Spotlight on Appalachia - Books
Appalachian Health and Well-Being by Robert L. Ludke; Phillip J. Obermiller
Appalachians have been characterized as a population with numerous disparities in health and limited access to medical services and infrastructures, leading to inaccurate generalizations that inhibit their healthcare progress. Appalachians face significant challenges in obtaining effective care, and the public lacks information about both their healthcare needs and about the resources communities have developed to meet those needs. In Appalachian Health and Well-Being, editors Robert L. Ludke and Phillip J. Obermiller bring together leading researchers and practitioners to provide a much-needed compilation of data- and research-driven perspectives, broadening our understanding of strategies to decrease the health inequalities affecting both rural and urban Appalachians. The contributors propose specific recommendations for necessary research, suggest practical solutions for health policy, and present best practices models for effective health intervention. This in-depth analysis offers new insights for students, health practitioners, and policy makers, promoting a greater understanding of the factors affecting Appalachian health and effective responses to those needs.
Call Number: RA771.6.A63 A77 2012 (Law)
Publication Date: 2012
Spotlight on Appalachia - Highlighted Articles
Cancer Disparities in Rural Appalachia: Incidence, Early Detection, and Survivorship
Yao N, Alcalá HE, Anderson R, Balkrishnan R. Cancer disparities in rural Appalachia: Incidence, early detection, and survivorship. J Rural Health. 2017 Sep; 33(4):375-381. DOI: 10.1111/jrh.12213.
Disparities in the Use of Diabetes Screening in Appalachia
Lobo JM, Anderson R, Stukenborg GJ, McCall A, Kang H, Camacho F, Sohn M-W. Disparities in the use of diabetes screening in Appalachia. J Rural Health. 2018;34:173-181.
Environmental Health Disparities in the Central Appalachian Region of the United States
Krometis L, Gohlke J, Kolivras K, Satterwhite E, Marmagas SW, Marr LC. Environmental health disparities in the central Appalachian region of the United States. Rev Environ Health. 2017 Sep; 32(3):253-266. DOI: 10.1515/reveh-2017-0012.
Place, Power, and Premature Mortality: A Rapid Scoping Review on the Health of Women in Appalachia
Thompson JR, Risser LR, Dunfee MN, Schoenberg NE, Burke JG. Place, power, and premature mortality: A rapid scoping review on the health of women in Appalachia. 2021;35(7):1015-1027.
A Social-Ecological Review of Cancer Disparities in Kentucky
Rodriguez S, Vanderford NL, Huang B, Vanderpool R. A social-ecological review of cancer disparities in Kentucky. South Med J. 2018;111(4):213-219.
Social Determinants of Health and the Effects on Quality of Life and Well-being in 2 Rural Appalachia Communities: The Community Members' Perspective and Implications for Health Disparities
Hege A, Ball L, Christiana RW, Wallace C, Hubbard C, Truesdale D, Hege J, Fleming H. Social determinants of health and the effects on quality of life and well-being in 2 rural Appalachia communities: The community members' perspective and implications for health disparities. Fam Community Health. 2018;41(4):244-254.