Health Affairs: Rural Counties With Majority Black Or Indigenous Populations Suffer The Highest Rates Of Premature Death In The US

Despite well-documented health disparities by rurality and race/ethnicity, research investigating racial/ethnic health differences among US rural residents is limited. We used county-level data to measure and compare premature death rates in rural counties by each county’s majority racial/ethnic group. Premature death rates were significantly higher in rural counties with a majority of non-Hispanic black or American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) residents than in rural counties with a majority of non-Hispanic white residents. (Henning-Smith et al, 12/1)

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