271866 Rural public health inequities

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 : 3:40 PM - 4:00 PM

Michael Meit, MPH, MA , Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, NORC at the University of Chicago, Bethesda, MD
Many Americans hold an idyllic view of rural America, where residents benefit from clean air, clean water, and rigorous physical activity as part of daily life. While there are many healthful aspects of rural living, there are also many inhibitors to good health that are prevalent across much of rural America, such as struggling rural economies, a high proportion of occupations associated with increased injury risk, persistent poverty, lower educational attainment, and inadequate access to healthcare and public health services. This session will provide an overview of rural disparities, highlight promising practices that have been developed in the field, and offer strategies for bolstering access to rural public health services.

Learning Areas:
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe rural disparities, including inequities that underlie those disparities. 2. Explain strategies for addressing disparities, including strategies to bolster and expand access to rural public health services.

Keywords: Rural Communities, Rural Health Care Delivery System

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve as Co-Director of the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Analysis and a Program Area Director in NORC's Public Health Research Department. I have nearly 20 years of experience managing federal grants and contracts, and conducting research and evaluation in the areas of rural public health, and public health systems and services research. Prior to NORC I held positions at the University of Pittsburgh, NACCHO, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
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.