Welcome to Health&, a new online information series designed to explore the ways health influences every aspect of our lives, and how our life circumstances impact our health. We offer this series to spark conversation, encourage new thinking and inform decision making at the local level.
Less than 11 percent of physicians in the U.S. practice in rural areas, yet about 20 percent of the U.S. population resides in rural areas. For this and a myriad of other reasons, rural Americas tend to be older and sicker than their urban counterparts. In this issue, we’ll focus on rural social determinants of health and how they influence access to services and health outcomes.