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An Analysis of Pennsylvania's Children

November 22, 2022  | Rural People and Communities

This study used secondary data from multiple sources to present a short analysis of Pennsylvania children (ages 0-17) over the 10-year period of 2010-2019. It analyzed trends pertaining to children along seven different dimensions, including location, demographics, economic circumstances, education, health care, health, and behaviors. The results indicate that both rural and urban children have seen some improvements in economic circumstances, healthcare, and health from 2010 to 2019. However, there are opportunities to improve outcomes for children overall.

Tags:  education , health care , children , economic


Examination of Community Health Workers in Rural Pennsylvania (2017)

November 16, 2017  | Health Care and Human Services

Community health workers (CHWs) play a vital role in the health care delivery system of rural Pennsylvania counties. Currently, the role of CHWs is not well defined. Efforts toward certification and training programs are evident throughout Pennsylvania, yet they lack consistency. The research gathered information on CHWs through surveys, focus groups, and interviews. Results found that CHWs are used in a variety of agencies and contexts in rural Pennsylvania, with duties ranging from working with the elderly to working with infants and children. It was evident from the research that low pay, high turnover, and lack of adequate funding were significant issues for many agencies. In addition, many agencies experienced large caseloads and lacked consistent CHWs certification and training. A variety of educational backgrounds and training further complicates the consistency of CHW roles. The researchers found that decisions on certification and training need to be made by the state legislature and the state Departments of Health and Human Services. 

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Tags:  health care , home health care , community health workers , health workers


The Impact of Marcellus Shale Development on Health and Health Care (Report 2)

September 30, 2014  | Environment and Natural Resources

This research examined changes in health care services, the use of health care services, reported injuries,
and emergency medical service complaints in four study counties before and after the start of
Marcellus Shale development; across regions; and across varying degrees of intensity of Marcellus Shale

Tags:  health care , health , marcellus shale


2008 Attitudinal Survey of Pennsylvania Rural Residents (2010)

November 15, 2010  | Rural People and Communities

To learn more about how rural Pennsylvanians view the issues facing the state and their local communities, how their perceptions differ from urban
residents, and how these views have changed across time, the researchers surveyed more than 1,200 rural Pennsylvanians in 2008. They also surveyed more than 1,000 urban residents. The researchers then combined the responses with information from previous rural surveys conducted in 1999, 2000, and 2003 to gauge changes over time.

Tags:  economy , health care , rural communities , affordable housing , attitudes , local government , quality of life , natural resources , state government

Introducing the Center's new journal, Rural Policy: The Research Bulletin of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.