HRSA Funds ResearchThe American Dental Association is accepting nominations for the 2001 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. According to the ADA, the award “recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research contributions in other areas.”

The Norton M. Ross Award, established in 1991, is sponsored by American Dental Association through its Health Foundation, with the support of the Warner Lambert Healthcare Division of Pfizer, Inc. Selections will be based on the nominee’s research, with an emphasis on its impact on clinical dentistry, and publications in refereed journals.

HRSA Funds Research on Rural Health

Nearly half of the more than 40 mil¬lion Americans without health insur¬ance are rural residents. Research centers in Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington State will participate in a study of health care access in rural America sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The centers will examine issues such as access to care, health disparities, health workforce recruitment and retention, health delivery systems, and minority health issues.

“The health care crisis in the United States for rural residents continues,” according to HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy Director Wayne M. Myers, MD. “Poverty, language barriers, and the lack of cultural sensitivities in health care contribute to poor health among rural minority residents. These studies will identify the trouble spots in rural health, and point the way to the right solutions to the lingering health care problems in rural America.”

Grantees include School of Rural Public Health, Texas A & M University, College Station; School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia; Department of Family Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle; Project HOPE, Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, Bethesda, MD; Rural Policy Research Institute, University of Nebraska; Sheps Center for Health Services Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

County Health Data Now Available on Web

Snapshots of health-related data for each of the 3,082 counties in the US are available on the Web at www •communityhealth.hrsa.gov. In addition to demographic information, these county-level Community Health Status Reports contain 1988-1998 data on health indicators such as causes of death, rates of infectious diseases, and health insurance coverage.
The Community Status Health Indicators website, funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, was developed on collaboration with the National Association of County and City Health Officials, the National Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, and the Public Health Foundation.

Each county report includes data on 20 to 50 “peer counties” with similar population size, population density, age distribution, and poverty rates.