By Chuck Norris
In the initial weeks following Hurricane Irma, people in the most rural parts of Florida worried they would be overlooked and forgotten. Many in the least populated counties swept up in the massive relief efforts had never received services from state and federal government agencies before. According to Kevin Smith, an area commander for the Salvation Army in Florida, they didn’t pop up on anybody’s radar and rescuers didn’t know how significant their needs were until they reached them.
According to the Center for Disease Control and prevention, nearly 46 million Americans, 15 percent of the U.S. population, currently live in rural areas in this country. That their needs are different from urban areas may not be news to you, nor the fact that people in remote areas often feel overlooked and forgotten. What you might be shocked to find is there currently exists a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans. A rural-urban disparity in life expectancy and mortality is increasing at an alarming rate.
As pointed out in a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, residents of rural areas in the United States tend to be older and sicker than city folks. They have …read more
Source:: World Net Daily