The 2013 total estimated Connecticut population is 3,596,080 people – 186,924 living in rural Connecticut (USDA-ERS). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 81.6% of the state’s population is white, 11.3% is African American/Black, 4.3% is Asian, and 14.7% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (2013).
Connecticut Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to the Connecticut Office of Rural Health (2013), Connecticut has 28 non-federal short term or acute care hospitals and one children’s hospital. Five hospitals are located in the two most rural areas of the state, Litchfield and Windham counties. Connecticut has zero Rural Health Clinics (Kaiser, 2012). Connecticut has 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and 152 FQHC delivery sites (Kaiser, 2011).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Connecticut
10.0% of Connecticut residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2011). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for residents of Connecticut in 2012 was $59,687, although rural per-capita income lagged at $54,999. Estimates from 2012 indicate a poverty rate of 7.0% exists in rural Connecticut, compared to a 10.8% level in urban areas of the state. 2012 ACS data reports that 8.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, compared to 11.2% of urban populations. The unemployment rate in rural Connecticut is at 7.6%, while in urban Connecticut it is at 7.3% (USDA-ERS, 2013).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
CT.gov: State of Connecticut; Connecticut State Office of Rural Health; U.S. Census Bureau: State & County QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List
Is located at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in rural Winsted, CT. The Office works closely with the Department of Public Health, Connecticut Primary Care Association, AHED, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, CT Hospital Association and community organizations promoting quality healthcare for rural residents.
There are more organizations related to Connecticut in the organizations section.