Active Rural Status NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Sites – 2017

NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Rural Health Facility Locations

The NURSE Corps Loan Repayment Program is a program that supports registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses and nurse faculty by paying up to 85% of their student dept. Check out this heat density map which shows the number of active rural status NURSE Corps Loan Repayment sites as of 2017. The map shows locations in rural communities and nurses that work at these sites are eligible to have some of their student loans forgiven.

Source: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Data Warehouse. Accessed on 10/11/2017 https://datawarehouse.hrsa.gov/tools/DataPortalResults.aspx

By Julia Watson

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Percent Of Breast Cancer Medicare Beneficiaries By County (2013)

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Interesting map that shows the percentage of breast cancer medicare beneficiaries by county for the year 2013. From the map we can see some states have a large portion of counties with a high percentage of medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries who have breast cancer, such as Florida and some states along the east cost indicated by the darker shading. In contrast, we can see many western states  have counties shaded yellow/yellow orange indicating a low percentage of medicare beneficiaries with breast cancer.

By Julia Watson

Number of Homes Built Between 1950 and 1979 By County 2000

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Check out this map that shows the number of homes built between 1950 and 1979 by county for year 2000. From the map we can see there were many new homes built in counties within the eastern states, such as New York, New Jersey, Road Island, Main  indicated by the darker shading.  There were also many new homes built in counties within some western states, such as California and Arizona. We can see states such as North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana and Kansas had fewer new homes built within the 29 year period indicated by the yellow/yellowish shading. This makes sense because when compared to the previous map of homes built prior to 1950 for the year of 2000 we see these states had a higher percentage of older homes.

By Julia Watson

Percent of Homes Built Before 1950 By County 2000

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Check out this map that shows the percent of homes built prior to 1950 by county for year 2000. From the data we can see many counties within the Midwestern and Northeastern states had a large percentage, 41.96 to 68.75, of homes built prior to 1950 indicated by the darker shading. In contrast counties within states such as Alaska, Hawaii, and various Western and Southeastern states had a low percentage of homes built prior to 1950 indicated by the yellow/yellowish shading. Although older homes can give the owner a sense of history there are some public health factors one might consider such as radon, lead poisoning, mold and asbestos. For instance according to the CDC homes built prior to 1978 are likely to have a lead-based pain and that chance increases the older the home is.

By Julia Watson

Opioid Epidemic Pushes Florida Medical Schools To Change Curriculum

The opioid epidemic is not secret and has been the talk of public health and any health advocates have been trying to find ways to combat the epidemic. A group of nine Florida medical schools in particular are coming together to develop a common curriculum focused on pain and opioid prescriptions for medical students. For more information click here.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/health/94422092-132.html

By Julia Watson 

Age-Adjusted Narcotic Poisoning Mortality Rate by County (1999 – 2015)

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Check out this map that depicts the age-adjusted narcotic poisoning mortality rate by county from 1999 to 2015. From the map we can see high rates of narcotic mortality in about every region of the U.S. As a result, narcotic poisoning and the deaths that ensue are an issue for all of us to think deeply about.

By Julia Watson

Domestic Migration Patters of Highly-Educated Workers.

Research by two Iowa State University economists shows there are not enough high-skilled jobs in Iowa to keep qualified people from leaving the state. Researchers found Iowa was competitive in jobs requiring a high school degrees, but lacking in having skilled workers for jobs requiring a bachelors degree. Check out this interesting map which depicts the domestic migration patter of highly educated workers. For more information click here.

By Julia Watson