Ambulance Deserts: Geographic Disparities in the Provision of Ambulance Services
Duration: approximately minutes
Access to timely ambulance service is an essential part of the emergency medical system. Yet ambulance access varies widely with significant gaps across the country. During this webinar, Dr. Yvonne Jonk, from the Maine Rural Health Research Center, presented key findings from a new chartbook that analyzes 41 states in 2021-2022 and identifies places and people that are more than 25 minutes from an ambulance station, also called an ambulance desert (AD).
The chartbook presents data on ADs by state and county. Included are maps of AD locations and healthcare facility locations for every state with available data. Given that nine states lacked data on ambulance locations, the number of people living in ADs in the U.S. is likely higher than what was reported here.