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Rural Health Disparities, Population Health, and Rural Culture

Hartley, David (2004) Rural Health Disparities, Population Health, and Rural Culture. American Journal of Public Health, 94 (10). pp. 1675-1678. ISSN 0090-0036

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Abstract

In this commentary, I place the maturing field of rural health research and policy in the context of the rural health disparities documented in Health United States, 2001, Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. Because of recent advances in our understanding of the determinants of health, the field must branch out from its traditional focus on access to health care services toward initiatives that are based on models of population health. In addition to presenting distinct regional differences, the chartbook shows a pattern of risky health behaviors among rural populations that suggest a “rural culture” health determinant. This pattern suggests that there may be environmental and cultural factors unique to towns, regions, or United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) economic types that affect health behavior and health.


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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural health research; rural health disparities; population health; regional differences; risky health behaviors; “rural culture” health determinant
Subjects: Health > Health Equity > Access To Healthcare
Health > Disparities
Health > Policy
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors
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Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2008
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 10:25
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/969

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