Differential Access to Quality Rural Health Care: Professional and Policy

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Audrey Snyder, Associate Dean for Experiential Learning and Innovation (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: Using a national dataset, the influence of the community and individual provider characteristics on the availability of healthcare resources in rural areas was evaluated. Disparities continue to exist in the availability of providers including organizational types of providers such as Community Health Centers and Community Mental Health Centers. A lower percentage of nonmetropolitan counties have such centers, and more rural counties within the general grouping of nonmetropolitan counties have fewer of these organizational resources. A case study on the Southwestern region of Virginia is presented to highlight the impact on health outcomes and an innovative community response to the lack of availability of needed healthcare services.

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Family and Community Health, 29 (3),186-194. DOI: 10.1097/00003727-200607000-00005
Language: English
Date: 2006
access, community health center, community mental health center, rural, shortage

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