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Rural Health

Rural Health refers to the interdisciplinary study of health and healthcare delivery in areas with sparse geographic distribution of individuals. Research supports that the needs of individuals living in rural areas are different from those living in urban areas. Access to health services in rural areas tends to be limited, due to a low number of providers and travel distance barriers.

Authors: Natalia Oster | Davis Patterson | Susan Skillman | Bianca Frogner

Topics: COVID-19, Rural Health

April 6, 2022
This policy brief describes workforce challenges faced by rural health care delivery systems and how pre-pandemic financial instability in rural health care facilities may have contributed to the challenges experienced by the rural health workforce during the pandemic. Available federal pandemic funding to address rural health workforce needs is also discussed.
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Authors: Julianna C Long | Paul Delamater | Mark Holmes

Topics: Methodology, Rural Health

November 8, 2021
This article explores 8 federal rural definitions and the degree to which they identify the same areas as rural. Rural-urban disparities across socioeconomic, demographic, and health access and outcome measures are also evaluated.
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August 3, 2021
This webinar explores 8 federal rural definitions and the degree to which they identify the same areas as rural. Rural-urban disparities across socioeconomic, demographic, and health access and outcome measures are also evaluated.
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Author: Rayna Sage | Lillie Greiman | Susan Chapman | Laura Wagner | Timothy Bates | Ari Lissau

Topics: Data Visualization, Rural Health, Workforce Demand, Workforce Supply

July 26, 2021
This StoryMap explores where people with disabilities who need help with self-care and daily activities live, and compare that to where Personal Care Aides (PCAs) are located. This will help to better understand if there are enough PCA workers available where they are needed.
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