Preventing Chronic Diseases and Promoting Health in Rural Communities
Compared to urban areas, rural areas have:
These factors contribute to higher rates of premature
death from the five leading causes of death.
About 46 million Americans—15% of the US population—live in rural areas. CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion works to improve health in these areas by:
- Measuring how many Americans have chronic diseases or chronic disease risk factors and reporting data down to the county level.
- Studying and reporting on rural health disparities and innovative programs to reduce those disparities.
- Funding and guiding states, territories, and tribes to reach rural populations through proven interventions and innovative programs.
- Developing programs and promoting care through digital formats, such as online classes or “telehealth” approaches that reduce barriers to health care access for rural residents.
See the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion infographic to find out more about the center’s work to prevent chronic diseases.