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Check out our new report: “What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health”

Monday, August 1, 2016

This year the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps found that rural areas are lagging behind urban places. While rates of premature death are improving in urban areas, they are getting worse for rural populations. So what can rural areas do to reverse this trend? Our new report outlines evidence-informed and innovative strategies to improve health for rural populations.

With more than 65 policy, systems, and environmental changes that can be made in rural areas, “What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health” can help rural communities take action to address their local challenges. The report comes from our researchers at County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and is now available at

In the report you’ll learn about:

  • Examples of strategies that have been studied and deployed in rural communities
  • Tips for finding and choosing the right strategy for your community
  • What’s working to prepare and strengthen local workforces, improve diet and exercise, reduce injuries, and more