Completed Projects

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  • Cardiovascular & Cancer Rates for the Rural Delta Region
    This interactive tool can be used to compare county-level rates and incidence of cancer and cardiovascular related health measures for people residing in the lower Mississippi River Delta Region. Users may filter by various health measures and download images and data.
    Research center: North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
    Topics: Cancer, Chronic diseases and conditions, Diabetes, Health disparities and health equity, Obesity
  • Creating County Level Estimates of Childhood Obesity in the U.S.: A Spatial Multilevel Modeling Approach
    Using the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health, spatial multilevel models were constructed to estimate county level rates of childhood obesity in the U.S. Particular emphasis was placed on rural areas, for which direct estimates are often unavailable because of small sample sizes in population-based surveys.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Children and adolescents, Obesity



  • Identifying Obesogenic Communities in the U.S.: An Urban-Rural Comparison
    In this study, we created an obesogenic environment score for all U.S. counties and Census tracts, explored urban versus rural differences in obesogenic environment scores, and examined associations between obesogenic environments and childhood obesity overall and by level of rurality.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Children and adolescents, Obesity


  • 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 U.S. 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 U.S.
    Research center: West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
    Topic: Obesity



  • Diabetes and Obesity: Is there a Rural-Urban Difference in the Burden?
    Persons with diabetes are more likely to be obese, increasing the economic burden of diabetes related care. Purpose of this study is to examine if being overweight and obese places additional economic burden and if there is a rural-urban difference in this regard. It will help understand the health and economic consequences of diabetes and obesity epidemic on people's health.
    Research center: FORHP-funded Individual Grantees
    Topics: Chronic diseases and conditions, Diabetes, Obesity


  • Chartbook: Obesity in Urban and Rural Children
    By providing a descriptive analysis of the disparities of childhood obesity by residence, socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity, the study will offer important information about the needs of children and adolescents living in rural areas and from families of low socioeconomic status.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Children and adolescents, Obesity, Rural statistics and demographics