The 2014 total estimated Connecticut population is 3,596,677 people – 184,993 living in rural Connecticut (USDA-ERS). According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 81.2% of the state’s population is white, 11.5% is African American/Black, 4.5% is Asian, and 15.0% is of Hispanic/Latino origin (U.S. Census, 2014).
Connecticut Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to the Connecticut Office of Rural Health (2013), Connecticut has 28 non-federal short term or acute care hospitals and one children’s hospital. Five hospitals are located in the two most rural areas of the state, Litchfield and Windham counties. Connecticut has zero Rural Health Clinics (Kaiser, 2015). The state has no hospitals identified as Critical Access Hospitals (Flex Team, 12/2015). Connecticut has 13 Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) and 199 FQHC delivery sites (NACHC, 2013).
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Connecticut
7% of Connecticut residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2014). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per-capita income for residents of Connecticut in 2014 was $64,864, although rural per-capita income lagged at $54,593. The ERS reports, based on 2010-2014 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Connecticut is 6.8%, compared with 10.7% in urban areas of the state. 8.7% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 10.6% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2010-2014 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Connecticut is at 5.9%, while in urban Connecticut it is at 6.7% (USDA-ERS, 2014).For a national comparison, please see an overview of the United States.
Connecticut State Office of Rural Health; CT.gov: State of Connecticut; Flex Monitoring Team: Critical Access Hospital List; Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts; National Association of Community Health Centers: Key Health Center Data By State; U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts; USDA Economic Research Service: State Fact Sheets
Is located at Northwestern Connecticut Community College in rural Winsted, CT. The Office works closely with the Department of Public Health, Connecticut Primary Care Association, AHED, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, CT Hospital Association and community organizations promoting quality healthcare for rural residents.
There are more organizations related to Connecticut in the organizations section.