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wellness will decrease the likelihood of common diseases and will positively change the regional population determinants of health. Health care is a pressing underserved issue in the Delta region and education is key to changing that. Furthermore, Health care and telehealth is about relationships; leaders and community members in the Delta need to develop relationships with large hospitals and connect with public health organizations to ensure there are enough efforts and interest to change their situation Source: University of Central Kansas. Center for Community and Economic Development (2019)
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Health Care in Rural Areas Primary care access is a critical challenge in rural communities in the Delta region. Barriers to access the health system vary across rural populations; significant issues include deficiencies and poor retention in the primary care staff, lack of resources to meet the local population-specific needs, and threats to financial sustainability for rural practices. Moreover, preventive education programs are often lower in rural areas, including lower rates of vaccination, mental health programs, and reproductive health services, they are associated with poor access to primary care. Poverty in Arkansas remains high, with populations living in the Delta region faring worse than those in the Highlands and Urban regions. In 2016, poverty rates for the total population, comprising children and the elderly, were all higher in Arkansas than the nation as a whole. • Arkansas’ children are disproportionately impacted by poverty. More than one-in four children (27%) in Arkansas were living in poverty in 2016. The poverty rate for children living in the Coastal Plains and the Delta was even higher, where more than one-in-three (36%) lived in poverty. Source: Today’s Delta A Research Tool for the Region. (2015).
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Medicaid and Medicaid expansion in the Delta region Medicaid is a key factor in the Delta region by lowering the rate in the lack of insurance in the territory.
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