Alabama to celebrate National Rural Health Day on Nov. 21
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From: The Alabama Department of Public Health;
communities have health care needs that differ from those of urban or suburban
areas. To highlight access needs and to promote awareness, Alabama is joining
in Celebrating the Power of Rural on National Rural Health Day Nov. 21.
third consecutive year, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural
Health and all 50 state Offices of Rural Health are joining with other local,
state and national rural health care providers and stakeholders to celebrate
National Rural Health Day.
out of 67 of Alabama's counties are considered rural, and 2 million residents
or 43.6 percent of the entire Alabama population live in rural areas.
counties (Bibb, Bullock, Coosa, DeKalb, Perry, Sumter and Wilcox) are among the
250 U.S. counties with the lowest per capita incomes among all 3,113 counties.
currently needs 156 strategically placed primary care physicians to eliminate
all primary care shortages and 434 to provide optimal care. Only three of
Alabama's 55 rural counties (Coffee, Marion and Pike) are not entirely or
partially classified as primary care shortage areas. Eight rural Alabama
counties do not have hospitals. In 1980, 46 of Alabama's 55 rural counties had
hospitals performing obstetrics. Today only 19 of the 55 offer this basic
is also scarce in Alabama's rural areas. Alabama currently needs 262
strategically placed dentists serving the Medicaid population to eliminate all
dental shortages and 363 to provide optimal care. All of Alabama's 55 rural
counties are classified as dental shortage areas for the Medicaid population.
Rural Health Day was launched in 2011 to increase awareness of the unique
health care issues facing rural Americans and highlight the efforts of state
offices of rural health and others in addressing those issues.
the State Office of Primary Care and Rural Health and the Alabama Rural Health
Association are celebrating National Rural Health Day by providing celebration
posters to rural hospitals and rural health clinics, and through social media
posts on Twitter and Facebook.
Everyone is invited to join in this important
event by looking at their community's health status indicators and supporting
activities to make the community a healthier place to live. These health
indicators, along with a list of available services to help increase health
care access in rural communities, and contact information for assistance, can
be found on the web at: http://www.adph.org/ruralhealth.