Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Health Insurance Coverage in Rural America


This chartbook presents an analysis of the most recent national data on health insurance coverage based on a county's proximity to a large urban area--an important factor discriminating rural residents' access to economic opportunities and health care services. The first section of the chartbook addresses the questions of whether and by how much health insurance coverage and soures of health coverage differ among people living in rural vs. urban communities. Sections II and III examine differences in the socio-economic and employment characteristics of those living in two groups of rural counties vs. all urban counties. The final section discusses the policy implications of these findings.

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September 30, 2003

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.


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