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Call to Action: Rural Health: A Presidential Advisory From the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

Addressing the unique health needs of people residing in rural America is critical to the American Heart Association.

Originally published 10 Feb 2020 | Circulation

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Understanding and addressing the unique health needs of people residing in rural America is critical to the American Heart Association’s pursuit of a world with longer, healthier lives. Improving the health of rural populations is consistent with the American Heart Association’s commitment to health equity and its focus on social determinants of health to reduce and ideally to eliminate health disparities. This presidential advisory serves as a call to action for the American Heart Association and other stakeholders to make rural populations a priority in programming, research, and policy. This advisory first summarizes existing data on rural populations, communities, and health outcomes; explores 3 major groups of factors underlying urban-rural disparities in health outcomes, including individual factors, social determinants of health, and health delivery system factors; and then proposes a set of solutions spanning health system innovation, policy, and research aimed at improving rural health.


Full text can be found at https://www.ahajournals.org/doi/10.1161/CIR.0000000000000753