Joel Halverson, PhD


Completed Projects - (2)

  • Rural Food Security, Food Availability, and Health Outcomes
    This project will examine the characteristics of food security and food availability across the rural-urban continuum. The study will test the hypotheses that food insecurity will differ significantly between rural and urban counties in the US with rural areas experiencing more adverse conditions; and that there will be a significant relationship between food insecurity, food availability and selected adverse health outcomes in non-metropolitan counties in the US.
    Research center: West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
    Topic: Obesity
  • Rural Socioeconomic Risk and Resiliency Inventory and Associated Health Outcomes
    This study will create a national inventory of social and economic risks and resiliencies for every county in the nation, and relate those risks to health outcome data. The study will test whether rural areas with fewer risks and greater resiliencies are related to better health outcomes.
    Research center: West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Environmental and agricultural health, Poverty

Publications - (6)

  • Patterns of Food Insecurity, Food Availability, and Health Outcomes Among Rural and Urban Counties
    Policy Brief
    West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 06/2011

    This project will examine the characteristics of food security and food availability across the rural-urban continuum. The study will test the hypotheses that food insecurity will differ significantly between rural and urban counties in the US with rural areas experiencing more adverse conditions; and that there will be a significant relationship between food insecurity, food availability and selected adverse health outcomes in non-metropolitan counties in the US.

  • Patterns of Food Insecurity, Food Availability, and Health Outcomes Among Rural and Urban Counties (Final Report)
    West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 06/2011
    Rural counties are disproportionately associated with high food insecurity risk relative to urban counties. Programs and policies may focus on improving food availability and access for rural populations. More research, with multivariate analyses across regions, can shed additional light on the impact of food insecurity on the health of the population, especially for those living in rural areas.
  • Pollution Sources and Mortality Rates across Rural-Urban Areas in the United States
    Policy Brief
    West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 02/2010

    Rural counties contain more than 65,000 EPA-recognized point pollution sources. A greater density of water and air pollution sources in rural counties is associated with higher cancer mortality rates adjusting for other risks. Rural areas also experience mortality risks in association with coal mining activity.

  • Pollution Sources and Mortality Rates across Rural-Urban Areas in the United States (Final Report)
    West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 02/2010
    Rural counties contain more than 65,000 EPA-recognized point pollution sources. A greater density of water and air pollution sources in rural counties is associated with higher cancer mortality rates adjusting for other risks. Rural areas also experience mortality risks in association with coal mining activity.
  • A Rural Socioeconomic Risk and Resiliency Inventory and Associated Health Outcomes (Final Report)
    West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 03/2011
    Rural areas, especially in the Southeast, Appalachia and parts of the West, have worse VRI (Vulnerability and Resiliency Index) scores which are a measure of six socioeconomic indicators across counties in the United States.
  • A Rural Socioeconomic Vulnerability and Resiliency Index and Associated Health Outcomes
    Policy Brief
    West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 07/2011

    Rural areas, especially in the Southeast, Appalachia and parts of the West, have worse VRI (Vulnerability and Resiliency Index) scores which are a measure of six socioeconomic indicators across counties in the United States. Better VRI scores were associated with better health outcomes (lower heart disease, cancer, and stroke death rates) across the rural-urban continuum. These analyses provide evidence to support the development of programs and policies that foster educational development, and economic diversity and vitality, as means of public health improvement, especially in rural areas in selected regions of the country.