Rural Health in the United States

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC , rates for the five leading causes of death in the United States—heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury including vehicle accidents and opioid overdoses , chronic lower respiratory disease, and stroke—are higher in rural communities.

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Rural: The National Rural Health Association reports there are only 30 specialists per , people in rural communities, compared to specialists per , urban residents. Death rate.

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Rural residents are also more likely to have cancers related to modifiable risks , such as tobacco use, human papillomavirus HPV , and lack of preventive colorectal and cervical cancer screenings. UAB has a rural cancer prevention program that trains local residents and nonprofit organizations to deliver health promotion activities and evidence-based programs.

Twice as many rural youth smoke as do their urban peers, so she expects the higher rural rates of tobacco-related diseases and mortality to continue. From to , rural communities saw an increase of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome —a condition related to maternal opioid use—that was about two and one-half times higher than in urban areas.


Higher disease incidence, worse outcomes The rural-urban health care divide manifests clearly in breakdowns of conditions and outcomes. Rural Health Snapshot Editor's Picks. Treating mental illness in the ED.

The healing power of poetry. Making care safer for sick kids at home. Risking everything to become a doctor AAMC award winners People in rural areas of the United States have higher rates of chronic disease than people in urban areas. They also have higher rates of certain types of cancer, from exposure to chemicals used in farming. Rural Health Concerns. Learn More Related Issues.

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