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From the Mountains to the Sea: Rural Health Issues and Resources

Class Details

Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identifying access challenges of living in rural communities and equipping participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities.

We will explore websites from the National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Rural Health Information Hub and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

This course includes a 1-hour webinar and a take-home assignment. Upon completion of the assignment, participants are eligible for 2 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association.

Objectives:
Describe the current demographic trends in rural America.
Find information for health conditions, demographic groups and social issues.
Identify methods of discovering potential community partners.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration closes at 5:00pm ET on Wed, Nov 20, 2019.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National, NER
Nov 21, 2019
2:00PM - 3:00PM ET
Instructor(s):
Margot G. Malachowski, MLS, AHIP, Education and Outreach Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
2
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
This class is now closed to registrants.

Class Overview

Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This webinar will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. We will explore websites from the National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Rural Health Information Hub and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The origins of each website will be explained. Each of the websites contain consumer-level information and offers an opportunity for data downloads. The downloads will be demonstrated. These resources are relevant to nurses, librarians, public health workers, allied healthcare professionals, educators, faith- and community-based organizations.
Objectives: 
  • Describe current demographic trends in rural America.
  • Download data sets and visualizations from rural health resources.
  • Find information on health conditions, demographic groups and social issues.
  • Identify methods of discovering potential community partners.