New Rural Health Policy Paper: Considerations for Defining Rural Places in Health Policies and Programs

RUPRI Health Panel: Keith J. Mueller, PhD; Andrew F. Coburn, PhD; Alana Knudson, PhD; Jennifer P. Lundblad, PhD, MBA; A. Clinton MacKinney, MD, MS; Timothy D. McBride, PhD. Guest Authors – Erin Mobley, PhD; Fred Ullrich, BA; Abigail Barker, PhD

Rural definitions in statute and policy are used to direct resources to underserved peoples. But changes in population behavior and Census processes have led to concern about historic methods of defining rural. This paper identifies key questions; reviews rural definitions; and discusses options for reconsidering rural definitions.

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