Strategies for Managing Chronic Conditions in Rural Areas
– Over half of American adults have a chronic condition, including hypertension, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, the leading drivers of health care costs. Access to proper medical treatment, proper diet, and physical activity can improve these conditions.
Individuals in rural areas are disproportionately affected by chronic disease, yet they are also less likely to have access to high-quality health services and programs that promote healthy lifestyles.
Three community-based programs spoke with HealthPayerIntelligence.com about how they are overcoming this challenge and working to promote evidence-based programs in rural areas.
While each program tackles a different chronic condition through unique strategies, their success provides best practices for promoting health equity in rural areas and overcoming the most common challenges to improving health disparities.