Nathan Hale

South Carolina Rural Health Research Center

Email: halen@mailbox.sc.edu


Publications - (4)

  • Area Deprivation is Higher Among Rural Counties—but Not All Rural Counties are Deprived
    Policy Brief
    South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 08/2015

    This brief is the first of two in a series that provides policy makers and interested parties with information on the role of residence and community deprivation on potentially avoidable hospitalizations among children. This brief describes the development of the area deprivation index, examines area deprivation across all U.S. counties, and describes findings when applied to rates of potentially avoidable hospitalizations among a nine-state sample of children.

  • Dialysis Availability in Rural America
    South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 01/2013

    Explores the availability of dialysis services in rural America including the prevalence of dialysis use across urban and rural counties, travel distance for services, and dialysis quality outcomes.

    Include the following:

    • The prevalence of dialysis use did not differ across urban versus rural counties.
    • Rural residents travel further for dialysis services.
    • Fewer expanded dialysis services (peritoneal dialysis, home hemodialysis training, and after-hours availability) were offered in rural areas.
    • Dialysis quality outcomes were similar across rural and urban end stage renal disease facilities.
  • The Intersection of Residence and Area Deprivation: The Case of Hospitalizations from Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions Among Children
    Policy Brief
    South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 08/2015

    This brief is the second in a series providing information on the role of residence and community deprivation on potentially avoidable hospitalizations among children. This brief describes the findings from a nine-state sample of children’s hospitalizations and discusses the potential implications for rural health research and policy.

  • Rural Area Deprivation and Hospitalizations Among Children for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions
    South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2015
    Evaluates inpatient hospitalizations among children in nine states to determine the effect of rurality and social/economic advantage on health outcomes and health disparities.