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Notice to Readers: Publication of Health, United States, 2001 with Urban and Rural Health Chartbook

CDC has published Health, United States, 2001 with Urban and Rural Health Chartbook, the 25th edition of the annual report on the nation's health. This report includes 148 trend tables organized around four broad subject areas: health status and determinants, health-care use, health-care resources, and health-care expenditures. Disparities in health by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status are presented in several tables.

This year's report also includes the Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. Communities at different urbanization levels differ in their demographic, environmental, economic, and social characteristics, and these characteristics influence the magnitude and types of health problems that communities face. The chartbook presents population characteristics, health risk factors, health status indicators, and health-care access measures for residents of counties grouped by five urbanization levels (from the most urban to the most rural). Of U.S. residents examined, those who have the best health measures are residents of fringe counties of large metropolitan areas. In comparison, the urbanization level associated with adverse health measures is less consistent. Residents of the most rural counties fare worst on some measures (e.g., motor vehicle traffic-related injury mortality) and residents of the most urban counties fare worst on other measures (e.g., homicide).

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