Rural Health

During the last century the United States moved rapidly from a rural to an urban-based society. More than 80 percent of the U.S. population now lives in urban areas, which has created many challenges for rural populations, including decreased access to quality health care. Rural areas are more dispersed with fewer resources, naturally leading to fewer health care options, especially when individuals are in need of specialists. Health care providers also generally receive less compensation in rural areas, creating nursing, dentist, and physician shortages. These issues and others have led to health disparities between rural and urban populations that have widened more recently.



  • Missouri Hospital Association, June 2014

  • VVV Research & Development INC. and ConnectCASS, December 2013

  • Rural Health Resources

  • Based out of the University of Missouri, Iowa State University, and the University of Nebraska, the Rural Policy Research Institute provides unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. RUPRI’s aim is to spur public dialogue and help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs.

  • A non-profit, grass-roots, member-driven organization whose mission is to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians.

  • Health professionals committed to providing a forum to exchange information specific to federally-certified Rural Health Clinics.


  • Health Resources and Services Information

  • National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology

  • Information portal that helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

  • Provides timely analysis to federal and state health policy makers, based on the best available research.

  • Provides technical assistance, information, tools and resources for the improvement of rural health care.

  • The association's mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues.

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

  • Alliance for Health Reform and the United Health Foundation.

  • Coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



  • KHI News Service, Aug. 10, 2015
    2015-08-10 11:09
  • High Plains Public Radio, July 27, 2015
    2015-07-28 10:07
  • KBIA Mid-Missouri, July 1, 2015
    2015-07-02 11:34
  • By Bryan Thompson, April 22, 2015
    2015-04-23 22:10
  • KHI News Service, March 25, 2015
    2015-03-27 09:59
  • By Alex Smith for KCUR, Feb. 11, 2015
    2015-02-12 23:50

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