Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Updates Announcements

February 20, 2020

What’s New

JAMA: Quantifying Neighborhood-Level Social Determinants of Health.  In a free-access article, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) presents findings from a cross-sectional study of 71,901 Census tracts.  Researchers sought to examine the association between social/neighborhood characteristics and health outcomes and create indices with multiple variations for different types of rural, urban and suburban neighborhoods.

ERS:  Rural Poverty and Well-Being.  The Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated their topic page on the factors that affect the poverty status of rural residents.  The ERS uses Census data to track poverty over time, analyze the severity and persistence of poverty over decades, and provide a rural/urban breakdown by race, family structure and age.