Rural Minority Health: A Comprehensive Assessment

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December 2005
The objectives of this comprehensive study are to:
  • Profile demographics of rural African Americans by region of the U.S.
  • Describe clinical problems prevalent in rural African American populations.
  • Explore available health care facilities and practitioners in rural areas.
  • Investigate outpatient treatment provided to rural African American populations, by type of practitioner.
  • Explore expenditures for health care among rural African Americans, by region of the U.S. Determine barriers to care such as insurance, provider availability, and health beliefs/behaviors.

Six reports have been submitted to date as part of the comprehensive assessment of minority health, and a final report is underway summarizing sources of funding for health care among rural minorities based on the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

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