April 26, 2023
Rural Health Resources
In comparison to urbanites, people living in rural areas have poorer health outcomes. They are more likely to die from cancer, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke as well as unintentional injuries such as motor vehicle crashes and opioid overdoses. Numerous factors contribute to rural health disparities such as lack of access to medical facilities and medical specialists, less access to supermarkets, higher rates of smoking, fewer opportunities for leisure-time exercise, and higher poverty rates to name a few. Though the issue is multifactorial, resources such as the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) provides evidence-based toolkits for rural communities to help address rural health inequities as well as tackle issue-specific concerns such as a lack of transportation which is a barrier to accessing healthy food and emergency health care.
A Systematic Review of Interventions to Minimize Transportation Barriers Among People with Chronic Diseases. 2019 Journal of Community Health.
The Unseen Picture: Issues with Health Care, Discrimination, Police and Safety, and Housing Experienced by Native American Populations in Rural America. 2022 The Journal of Rural Health.
Telemedicine and Telehealth: The Potential to Improve Rural Access to Care. 2017 The American Journal of Nursing.
Meeting Farmers Where They Are - Rural Clinicians' Views on Farmers' Mental Health. 2020 Journal of Agromedicine.
Bringing Together Young and Old to Ease the Isolation of Rural Life. 2019 NPR Special Series: Life and Health in Rural America.
Health Indicators of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Other Sexual Minority (LGB+) Youth Living in Rural Communities. 2019 The Journal of Pediatrics.
Rural Health. 2023 National Public Health Week: Centering and Celebrating Cultures in Health daily theme page.
PBS News Hour Rural Health. Includes videos and articles.
RHIhub Washington State Guide.
Image credit: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022). About Rural Health. Retrieved April 14, 2023 from https://www.cdc.gov/ruralhealth/about.html.