Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2023

Advisor

Jeannette Manger

Abstract

Rural communities in the state of Ohio face barriers to care that affect the health of the population. This paper investigates the extent to which the general state of health, life expectancy, uninsured rates, and access to primary care providers can be affected by living in a rural community and how these variables have changed over time. Data from urban and rural counties in Ohio, taken from 2016 to 2022 via the 2022 County Health Rankings, will be used to explore health-related concerns. There were significant findings of decreased general health and access to primary care providers for rural communities in Ohio for 2022. Additionally, there was a significant finding for increased uninsured rates for rural populations in Ohio for 2022.


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