Louisiana covers 43,562 square miles, with a 2019 estimated population of 4,648,794people – with 742,352 people living in rural Louisiana (USDA-ERS). Baton Rouge is the state capital. The state's largest cities are New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Shreveport. According to 2019 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 62.8% of the state's population is white, 32.8% is African-American, 1.8% is Asian, 0.8% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 5.3% is of Hispanic or Latino origin.
Louisiana Rural Healthcare Facilities
According to data.HRSA.gov, as of April 2021 Louisiana had:
- 27 Critical Access Hospitals
- 197 Rural Health Clinics
- 85 Federally Qualified Health Center sites located outside of Urbanized Areas
- 34 short term hospitals located outside of Urbanized Areas
Selected Social Determinants of Health for Rural Louisiana
8.9% of Louisiana residents lack health insurance (Kaiser, 2019). According to the USDA Economic Research Service, the average per capita income for Louisiana residents in 2019 was $47,460, with the rural per capita income at $39,026. The ERS reports, based on 2019 ACS data, that the poverty rate in rural Louisiana is 23.1%, compared with 18.0% in urban areas of the state. 19.5% of the rural population has not completed high school, while 13.9% of the urban population lacks a high school diploma according to 2015-2019 ACS data reported by ERS. The unemployment rate in rural Louisiana is 6.0%, while in urban Louisiana, it is 4.6% (USDA-ERS, 2019).
Works to improve the health status of Louisiana residents in rural and underserved areas by building community health systems' capacity to provide integrated, efficient, and effective health care services. A bureau of the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health.
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