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2017

Home is Where the Heart Is: Insights on the Coordination and Delivery of Home Health Services in Rural America
Access to home health in rural areas is an important public policy concern, particularly with the growing number of older adults residing in rural America. This qualitative study seeks to better understand how home health services are provided in rural areas, and identifies facilitators and barriers to providing care.
Author(s): Knudson, A., Anderson, B., Schueler, K., Arsen, E.
Date: August 2017
Rural and Urban Utilization of the Emergency Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse
Utilizes data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project’s (HCUP’s) State Emergency Department Databases (SEDD) for seven states. Researchers explore, and describe in this brief, the use of the Emergency Department for mental health and substance abuse among Urban, Large Rural, Small Rural, and Isolated Small Rural residents.
Author(s): Schroeder, S., Peterson, M.
Date: June 2017

2016

Oral Health Programs in North Dakota
Policy Brief detailing current oral health initiatives in North Dakota.
Author(s): Schroeder, S., Fix, N.
Date: October 2016
Oral Healthcare Service in North Dakota Community Healthcare Centers
Examines dental health professional shortage areas in North Dakota, and provides recommendations for increasing access to care through community health centers.
Author(s): Lee, J., Schroeder, S.
Date: July 2016

2015

Perspectives of Rural Hospice Directors
Examines hospice care within a rural context, including issues regarding regulations, finance/reimbursement, workforce, general rural issues, relationships with other organizations, and technology. Identifies concerns of hospice directors in rural settings.
Author(s): Gibbens, B., Schroeder, S., Knudson, A. and Hart, G.
Date: March 2015
Policy Brief: Use and Performance Variations in U.S. Rural Emergency Departments: Implications for Improving Care Quality and Reducing Costs
Rural areas have a higher prevalence of subpopulations (younger, low income, and uninsured) that use the Emergency Department (ED) for non-emergent purposes than urban areas. ZIP Code areas with fewer than five primary care physicians per 10,000 had populations that were more likely to use those EDs for non-emergent conditions.
Author(s): Jonk, Y., Klug, M., & Hart, G.
Date: February 2015

2014

Policy Brief: Rural-Urban Disparities in Heart Disease
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming about 600,000 lives annually. This policy brief highlights rural-urban disparities in heart disease and focuses on three measures: 1) death rates for ischemic heart disease (IHD) among persons 20 years of age and older, 2) obesity among persons 18 years of age and older, and 3) physical inactivity during leisure time among persons 18 years of age and older.
Author(s): Knudson, A., Meit, M., & Popat, S.
Date: October 2014
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