FQHCs and Rural Health Clinics Can’t Catch a Break

November 9, 2019

More than 46 million Americans live in rural areas, and the system often works against them in nearly every dimension of care.

Chad Jones

Preventable diseases are deadlier in rural America than in urban areas, a new CDC report says.

Data: CDC; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The big picture: More than 46 million Americans live in rural areas, and the system often works against them in nearly every dimension of care, Axios’ Marisa Fernandez writes.

By the numbers: Percentages of preventable deaths in rural areas either mildly decreased between 2010 and 2017 or got worse, while urban counties saw significant decreases across the board.
• Rural Americans tend to be older and sicker, with higher rates of cigarette smoking, high blood pressure and obesity.
• Preventable deaths from cancer have gone down overall. Still, nearly two-thirds of deaths from unintentional injury in the most rural counties were potentially preventable in 2017.

Rural areas face access challenges, too, including a spate hospital closures and low retention of doctors.

Go deeper: The dire state of rural mental health care

Source: AxiosUpdate Nov 8 2019