Rural Health Disparities

Public Health, Policy, and Planning Approaches

  • Monica M. Taylor

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Public Health book series (BRIEFSPUBLIC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Monica M. Taylor
    Pages 17-24
  3. Monica M. Taylor
    Pages 57-57
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 59-60

About this book


This innovative resource offers a unique, multidisciplinary approach for the utilization of planning theory to eliminate health disparities in rural communities. The book provides tools in the public health, policy, and planning disciplines to help resolve significant differences in life expectancy and quality of life in these communities, concluding with a progressive vision for alleviating geographical health disparities on a local, national, and global scale. Chapters highlight models and approaches best suited to addressing this public health concern, suggesting action strategies focused around each of the three focus areas:

1. Public health: Elucidation of the contextual factors impacting the health of rural communities by: reporting statistical updates on a range of chronic and infectious diseases that disproportionately affect rural populations both globally and in the U.S.; providing discourse on the importance of addressing critical social determinants (global and national) that impede optimal health outcomes among rural populations; and, acknowledging the compositional factors of individuals who reside in rural spaces.

2. Public policy: Application of specific policy models to garner both public and political will towards sustainable policy change to improve healthy living in rural spaces.

3. Rural planning: Identification of national and international planning models that can be used to design strategic plans targeted to improve quality of life, create sustainable development, and establish economic well-being and growth in rural communities.

Rural Health Disparities: Public Health, Policy, and Planning Approaches will find an engaged audience among non-profit organizations, planners, public health practitioners, policy analysts, and public interest groups, as well as rural health advocates and students enrolled in planning, public policy, and/or public health courses.


rural health disparities rural health equity rural planning rural policy social determinants of health global rural health rural communities public policy theories and models multidisciplinary rural health national rural health public health sustainable development health promotion rural health populations quality of life economic well-being and growth rural health advocacy rural health outcomes

Authors and affiliations

  • Monica M. Taylor
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty-Healthcare Administration and BusinessColorado State University—Global CampusGreenwood VillageUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-11466-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-11467-1
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-3698
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-3701
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