In Iowa, 90 percent of the land mass is considered rural, and half of Iowans live in an area that is considered rural; however, rural communities face a lack of healthcare providers, an aging population with a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of uninsured or underinsured residents. It’s important that private and public partnerships continue to tackle these issues while meeting the unique needs of these areas.
In Iowa, 90 hospitals and 152 certified rural health clinics are located in rural areas. Rural healthcare organizations are national leaders in developing quality performance measures and rural EMS services are working with agricultural safety organizations to improve response time and to aid in prevention of farm worker injuries.
November 20, 2014 is National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to honor healthcare facilities and providers in small towns, farming communities and rural areas, and also to highlight the unique healthcare challenges the individuals who live in these areas face.
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