November 20, 2018 Substantive Law

Health Equity Challenges in Rural America

By Erika Ziller and Andrew Coburn

Reprinted with permission from Human Rights (43:3), at 10-12. ©2018 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Reflecting across our more than 20-year collaboration of studying rural health issues, we can’t help but observe that interest in the health and well-being of rural U.S. residents appears to be at an all-time high. It’s not that the problems are new; data on the relatively poorer health of rural people have been available and of concern throughout our careers and in the many decades prior. Still, we understand why much of these data have received limited attention over the years. Studies of rural health escape general attention in much the same way that rural places themselves tend to exist beyond the public view— down dirt roads, amid croplands, in desert borderlands, or under a very big sky.

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