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Are Nurses the Key to the Future of Health Care?
Pacific Standard

Last week, the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, released its annual rankings. The rankings examine both standard health outcomes and the various factors that influence people’s health—unemployment, access to healthy foods, high school graduation rates, air and water quality, and so forth. This year’s rankings confirm a finding that’s been showing up in a lot of research over the past year: America’s rural counties aren’t doing so well.

“Rural counties have had the highest rates of premature death for many years, lagging far behind other counties,” the accompanying report concludes. “While urban counties continue to show improvement, premature death rates are worsening in rural counties.”