Rural areas have long been racially and ethnically
diverse, and this diversity has increased in recent
decades with a growth in immigrant populations in rural
areas. Yet most research on rural health focuses on
rural-urban disparities without an explicit focus on
within-rural differences in health by race and ethnicity.
In that research on rural-urban disparities in health,
rural residents tend to fare worse on most measures,
including mortality, health status, access to care, and
use of preventive services. Less is known about whether
there are differences in healthcare use among rural
residents by race and ethnicity. In this brief, we
address this gap by examining differences in preventive
care among rural residents by race and ethnicity.