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Chris Collins and Karen McNeil-Miller: Addressing N.C.'s Rural Health Disparities

On average, people living in rural communities have poorer health than those living in urban areas, in part because they are less likely to have access to health services, more likely to engage in risky health behaviors and have historic patterns of racial and class discrimination. These communities also have a higher mortality rate on average. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s health disparities go far beyond health care.