Health Education

Community-Based Models
  • Gail E. Souare


In 1997, approximately 54 million Americans lived in rural areas (Beale, 1999), and over 22 million rural Americans lived in areas that are designated primary care health professional shortage areas (Health Resources and Services Administration, 1998). In 1996, only 53.7% of residents in rural areas had private health insurance, while 62.5% of urban residents had such coverage (Vistnes & Monheit, 1997). According to the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, 28% of the adult rural population reported their health status as fair to poor (Health Care Financing Administration, 1995). Chronic conditions were also more prevalent in rural areas, with 46.7% of rural adults reporting a chronic condition compared with 39.2% of the urban population (Braden & Beauregard, 1994). These data underscore the need for community health education programs that can improve awareness, promote changes in health behavior and increase access to rural health care.


Cervical Cancer Rural Health Health Belief Model Health Education Program American Hospital Association 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gail E. Souare
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  1. 1.Alliance Healthcare FoundationSan DiegoUSA

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