American Heart Association of MO Shines Light on Health Disparities in Rural Communities
– The American Heart Association in Missouri is working to address health disparities in rural areas on National Rural Health Day.
– Rural demographics vary, with rural areas being 80% white overall, but specific regions have more non-Hispanic Black individuals in the rural South, Hispanics in the Southwest, and Indigenous individuals in places such as rural Oklahoma, Alaska, the Great Plains, and Southwest.
– Tim Nikoli, senior rural health director at the American Heart Association Midwest, highlights the concerning trend of rural populations facing three years less life expectancy than their urban counterparts, along with challenges such as more seniors, slower growth, and higher poverty rates.
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