Social Determinants of Health: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural America

Duration: approximately minutes

Jan ProbstJan Probst, PhD
Distinguished Professor Emerita, Researcher
Rural and Minority Health Research Center

Social determinants of health are defined by the World Health Organization as "the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work, and age." For rural populations, many of these elements are less favorable than within urban areas. Building on work conducted by the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, this presentation reviewed some of the key elements associated with health across rural White and minority populations, such as education, income, and health facility availability.


View one-page summary Recaps of key findings from the Rural Health Research Centers on social determinants of health:

  • Rural Ethnic/Racial Disparities: Adverse Health Outcomes
    Date: 11/2020
    Rural minority group populations often experience dual disparities in health. This recap summarizes adverse health outcomes across these populations, including premature death, age-adjusted mortality, disability status, and obesity rates.
  • Rural Ethnic/Racial Disparities: Social and Systemic Inequities
    Date: 11/2020
    This resource examines social and systemic inequities that influence disparities in health among minority group populations. Rural non-White populations experience both residence-based and racial/ethnicity-based health disparities.

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