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Finding Statistics and Data Related to Rural Health

This guide will help you locate and fairly and accurately use statistics and data in order to:

  • understand rural health needs and rural/urban disparities,
  • communicate rural health needs, and
  • inform decision-making related to service delivery and policy

For a comprehensive look at major rural-relevant statistical sources, please also see RAC's Data Sources & Tools Relevant to Rural Health. This list includes data sources focused on healthcare services, health status, demographics, and social determinants of health. For each source, it identifies the topics covered, ease of use, geographic level of data, and update frequency.

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