Vulnerable Rural Counties: The Changing Landscape, 2000-2010
Overall findings suggest that rural America experienced the recession that ended the 2000–2010 decade more severely than did urban America. Loss of income, declining population and reduced health care resources marked the period for most rural counties. Rural counties will need continued monitoring in the present decade to ascertain whether these adverse trends continue and to identify any policy approaches that can serve to ameliorate losses in health care services.
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Kevin Bennett, PhD
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center