Rural health status: A ten-year update of the Health US rural report
With funding through the HRSA Rural Health Research Centers program, the research team replicated the analyses conducted in 2001 using the most recent available data through 2011 and presented findings in a format consistent with the 2001 CDC report to allow for comparisons over time. During this session we will highlight trends in rural health status, both positive and negative, and highlight persistent areas of health disparity.
Information about the health status of rural populations is especially important to document given the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which includes many provisions and programs that could positively impact the health of rural residents. A strong focus of ACA efforts has been on improving health outcomes, making it critically important to establish a baseline understanding of rural health status prior to implementation. In addition to articulating areas of rural health disparity, the updated data will provide a strong baseline of rural/urban differences in health status prior to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Demonstrate areas of health disparity between rural and non-rural residents. Describe geographic health disparities by rural population sub-group. Compare rural health disparities over time by comparing current data to data collected by CDC in their 2001 report.
Keyword(s): Rural Populations, Health Disparities
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as a rural health researcher for the past 12 years, and a public health systems researcher for nearly 20 years. I currently co-direct the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, and serve as key staff to the HRSA-funded Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center through which this project is funded. I have published several articles and provided several presentations on rural health status, rural public health, and rural disparities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.