NRHA on CDC findings: Rural mortality higher for leading causes

NRHA’s Brock Slabach recently spoke to NPR about a new CDC study showing rural residents are more likely to die from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injuries and other potentially preventable conditions than city people or suburbanites. “NRHA has been concerned about the gaps between rural and urban life expectancy for quite some time, and this has largely gone unnoticed in the larger discussion about health disparities which have tended to focus solely on the populations and not looking at geographic aspects of this issue,” Slabach said. Learn more about the health of rural populations directly from CDC officials and other leading public health researchers at NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 7-9.