Introduction
The Health of Rural America
Barriers to Rural Health Care
Action Points
Resources
Electronic Library
Acknowledgments
   
THE HEALTH OF RURAL AMERICA (2 OF 3)


Many will agree that there is sufficient need for the development of rural health-care programs, yet the cultural, physical and socioeconomic diversity present in rural communities make the task of combating health inequalities a difficult one. Meanwhile, the overall health of rural America suffers.

  • Almost one in three adults living in rural America is in poor to fair health.
    Source: Improving Health Care for Rural Populations. Research in Action Fact Sheet. AHRQ Publication No. 96-P040, March 1996. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, Md.

  • Rural areas have higher rates of neonatal, postneonatal and infant mortality when compared to urban areas.
    Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service, National Institute of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, Community-Based Health Care, Chapter 2, "Rural America: Challenges and Opportunities," 1995.
 
     

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