Health Topics - Rural Health
There are significant regional and demographic differences among rural communities in the United States. Although their locations may differ, many rural Americans share common beliefs and values, such as resilience, self-reliance, and pride in the communities where they live.1
These beliefs, coupled with the close social connections, can contribute to successful health interventions. However, some elements of rural communities can make population health interventions more challenging.1 This may mean developing and evaluating new interventions or adapting existing interventions to account for the specific demographic, economic, and health care needs of individual communities.
To address health disparities in rural areas, you may want to consider using policies that address population health. These policies can reach beyond health care and offer opportunities to make an impact where people live, learn, work, and play.
CDC rural health policy briefs provide examples of policy options to address public health issues. They include information on the background and significance of the issue, as well as case examples.
This policy brief presents a selection of potential policies and practices that may help rural residents access Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.
This policy brief presents a selection of potential policies and practices that may help prevent and treat cancer in rural areas.
Children’s Mental Health
This policy brief presents a selection of potential policies and practices that may help rural children with mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders access behavioral health services.
Motor Vehicle Deaths
This policy brief presents potential policies that could increase seat belt use by rural Americans.
This policy brief presents a selection of policy options and other strategies that may address factors affecting opioid overdoses in rural America.
This policy brief presents a selection of potential policies and practices that may address factors leading to suicide in rural areas.
CDC’s rural health website includes information and examples of successful public health interventions for rural communities. The website also hosts CDC’s MMWR series which provide data on health issues affecting rural Americans.
CDC’s MMWR includes a rural health series providing data on health issues affecting rural Americans
FORHP advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services about health care issues affecting rural communities.
The RHIhub is a clearinghouse of information on rural health issues. It also provides current resources on rural health care and population health including toolkits and models for programs that work in rural communities.
The Rural Health Research Gateway provides access to research conducted by the Rural Health Research Centers, including rural health research products and journal articles.
- Crosby, R. A., Wendel, M. L., Vanderpool, R. C., & Casey, B. R. (2012). Rural Populations and Health: Determinants, Disparities, and Solutions. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.