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The Declining Health of Rural America

Public health researchers have always posited that where you live has a significant impact on your health and well-being. While health outcomes between rural and urban America have historically been different, newly released data from the CDC shows that mortality rates in rural areas are actually plateauing or even increasing. Compared to people living in urban or suburban areas, rural Americans are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD), and stroke -- the five leading causes of death in the U.S.

Topics: rural care healthcare rural health

Bringing Coordinated Care to Rural Communities

In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in the southeast corner of Kentucky sits a once-booming coal center. Today, Letcher County, home to 25,000 residents, is distressed; the community faces high poverty rates and poor health.

The story of Letcher County is all too familiar across rural America. About one out of five Americans, 60 million in total, live in places like Letcher County. Rural America has been hit hard in recent years. For half a century, coal mining and other industrial sectors drove the rural economy, and as a result these regions contributed greatly to our country’s overall economic health.

Topics: community resources low income community-based organizations coordinated care vulnerable populations rural care