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New study finds police-related fatalities may occur twice as often as reported | Cornell Chronicle
“One thing that really stands out within our research is that while the large central metros see a large chunk of killings by police, it is only a third of the total,” Edwards said. “That means two-thirds of all the shootings we’re finding are in suburban, smaller metropolitan and rural areas, which have received scant attention from both researchers and the media.”

In the Mountain States, police were responsible for about 17 percent of all homicides, while in the Middle Atlantic states, police accounted for about 5 percent of all homicides. Police accounted for more than 10 percent of all homicides in predominantly rural areas and about 7 percent of all homicides in large central metropolitan areas.
police  murder  people  rural  study  data 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
The Rise of Rural 'Maternity Deserts' - Our Bodies Ourselves
The United States is the most expensive country in the entire world in which to give birth. Nearly fifty percent of all births in the U.S. are paid for through Medicaid, the state and federal insurance program for people who are poor. Obamacare aimed to support rural hospitals, in part by expanding Medicaid. Although Medicaid reimburses hospitals for childbirth care at a lower cost than private insurance companies do, hospitals still receive a reimbursement. However, 19 states chose not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, leaving hospitals in these states with rising numbers of families who cannot pay their hospital bills for maternity care (in 2013, a vaginal delivery cost on average $10,000; $15,000 on average for a cesarean section).

The two states with the highest number of hospital closures since 2010 are two of those that did not expand Medicaid: Texas and Tennessee (the state in which Whitney lived and died). Texas also has the distressing distinction of being the state with the highest rate of maternal deaths in the country–and in the developed world. (Tennessee ranks as 32nd in the country for maternal deaths.)  
maternity  birth  pregnancy  death  rural  healthcare 
august 2017 by Quercki
Speak Your Piece: Rural Teen Pregnancy | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural
Widespread health disparities are a reality in the United States. Rural Americans live with the burden of poor health at considerably higher rates than those living in suburban or urban communities. Rural counties have fewer primary care physicians and emergency room doctors. Treatment options are often nonexistent or too far away, problems exacerbated by a lack of rural public transportation. Rural people are less likely to be covered by Medicaid and less likely to have employer-sponsored private insurance, both of which can create insurmountable financial roadblocks. Additionally, using health care that carries social stigma—including services to treat mental health, substance abuse, reproductive health and intimate partner violence—can be difficult in rural America, where tight-knit communities can amplify concerns about social standing and confidentiality.

All of these barriers add up and take a toll. Lack of access to health care for rural Americans creates physical and emotion stress, reduces the likelihood of follow-up care, and decreases the support patients get from family, according to a Stanford University report.

Teens are part of rural communities and, not surprisingly, face the same challenges getting good healthcare: doctor shortages, geographic and logistical barriers, financial impediments, an increase in stress that exacerbates poor health, and social stigma. These challenges apply to teen pregnancy prevention and management.
rural  pregnancy  teen  statistics 
may 2013 by Quercki

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