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.

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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Presenters: Davis Patterson

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

July 22, 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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Authors: Davis Patterson

Topics: Oral Health, Policy, Rural Health

October 1, 2020
This report examines the alignment of policy and infrastructure with evidence-based workforce strategies to increase access to oral health services for rural populations. Research focuses on best practices as well as the barriers and facilitators to effective implementation of workforce strategies to increase the availability of oral health services.
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Authors: Davis Patterson

Topics: Community Health Centers, COVID-19, Rural Health

May 10, 2020
This commentary examines the real threat COVID-19 poses to CHCs and the current efforts being made to save them.
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