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2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook

In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Health, United States, 2001 With Urban and Rural Health Chartbook.  The CDC Chartbook was widely used in directing rural health policy and programming and had not been updated since 2001.
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A Profile of Tribal Health Departments

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in partnership with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), NORC analyzed data from NIHB’s Tribal Public Health Capacity Assessment (TPHCA) conducted in 2009, to explore how Tribal health departments play a role in improving health status and reducing health disparities.  More

Access to Rural Public Health Services

​Key findings relate to community-level barriers to establishing and maintaining public health infrastructure and describe recommendations to help public health systems partners overcome barriers in order to improve the health and quality of life for rural residents. More

Advantages and Disadvantages of Hospital-Based Emergency Medical Services in Rural Areas

​​The purpose of this project was to clarify issues surrounding the Critical Access Hospital's decision to acquire and maintain ownership of community ambulance services. More

Analysis of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disparities in the Appalachian Region and Access to Treatment Services

​​A collaboration between NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and its Substance Abuse, Mental Health, and Criminal Justice Studies departments this study was conducted for the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to assess substance abuse and mental health disparities, and access to treatment services, within the Appalachian region. More

Assessment of the Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) Program

The goal of this evaluation is to provide a comprehensive assessment of the reach and impact of the RAED grant program to ORHP.   More

Capital Needs of Small Rural Hospitals

To gain insights into the capital needs of small rural hospitals and the hospitals access to capital, a survey was mailed to administrators of 950 rural hospitals with under 50 beds.  More

Declining Access to Hospital-based Obstetric Services in Rural Areas: Causes and Impact

​​This study examines the declining availability of hospital-based obstetric services in rural areas from the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, potential causes for this trend and the possible effects of medical malpractice reforms. More

Department of Veterans’ Affairs Office of Rural Health, Policy, and Planning Group

​NORC, in partnership with Atlas Research, provided program support for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Office of Rural Health (ORH). More

Development of Planning Guidelines and Recommendations to Address Emergency Preparedness and Response Needs of Seasonal and Migrant Worker Populations

Rural agricultural communities throughout the country have significant seasonal and migrant populations that typically are not included in population estimates.  Ensuring the health of these groups is clearly in the interest of rural communities as they seek to reduce the spread of infectious diseases and the burden of uncompensated hospital/clinic care. More

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