Rural-urban residence and maternal hepatitis C infection, United States: 2010-2018

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rural, maternal health, hepatitis C, natality, infectious diseases, healthcare access, health disparities, MRHRC

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American Journal of Preventive Medicine


This study uses data from the US natality files to examine rural-urban differences in county-level rates of maternal infection with hepatitis C virus (HCV) during 2010-2018. Findings can help inform implementation of community-level interventions to reduce maternal HCV infection and narrow rural-urban disparities.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ahrens, katherine.ahrens@maine.edu


Online publication available Feb. 24, 2021. Full citation details will be added when the final version becomes available.

The findings and conclusions in this report are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Federal Office of Rural Health Policy or that of the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These data are available from the National Center for Health Statistics. The results reported in this paper correspond to specific aims of a project supported by grant CA #U1CRH03716 to the Maine Rural Health Research Center from the U.S. Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS.

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Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

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CA #U1CRH03716