Environmental Workforce Characteristics in the Rural Public Health Sector (Final Report)


This project analyzed the environmental workforce characteristics of the rural public health sector to inform policy relative to coordination of rural environmental health services. Environmental risks to rural populations are understudied relative to urban areas despite increasing recognition that rural populations are potentially exposed to these risks from agricultural, mining, industrial, or other sources. These environmental risks and associated health problems carry corresponding implications for public health programs and services, and highlight the need for a rural public health workforce that includes appropriate environmental health specialists.

West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
Cynthia Persily, Johnna Beane, Mary Glenn Rice