Population considerations:

  • Access to health care. People living in rural communities may have difficulty accessing health care (Arcury, 2006). They may have fewer health care resources in their surrounding areas as opposed to people living in more urban or populated areas. They may not have access to transportation to obtain health services, education or supplies.

  Strategies to address these considerations:

  • Increase access. Work with local governments, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations and community members to increase access to health care and/or community transportation systems. Because rural communities may lack asthma specialists, primary care providers and educators should receive training on how to counsel and educate rural individuals in asthma management.

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