Examining Changes in Health Care Accessibility in Rural Areas: An Analysis of HPSAs and MUAs Over Time and Their Relationship With Demographic Characteristics

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September 2023
Anticipated completion date:
August 2024

This project explores health care accessibility in rural U.S. areas from 2010-2022, examining Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) and Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs). It leverages data from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Data Warehouse and demographic statistics to analyze trends, spatial patterns, and the intersections of demographics and health care access. The study's objective is to provide data-driven insights that can guide targeted policies and interventions to enhance health care equity in rural regions. By reviewing past studies and employing robust analytical methods, the project highlights the evolving landscape of rural health care challenges and potential solutions. It also outlines plans for disseminating findings to relevant stakeholders, ensuring that the research informs both policy and practice in addressing rural health care disparities. The analysis aims to provide essential insights for policymakers to develop targeted strategies that address specific challenges in health care accessibility and equity in these communities.