Skip to main content

Rural Mortality and Preventable Deaths - Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series

Date:
Duration: approximately 90 minutes

Featured Speakers:

Ernest Moy Ernest Moy, MD, MPH, Medical Officer in the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)
Macarena Garcia Macarena Garcia, DrPH, Senior Health Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), Office of the Director
Timothy McKnight Timothy McKnight, MD, Board Certified Family Practitioner and Founder of Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life Program

A recent CDC study demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts. In 2014, many deaths among rural Americans were potentially preventable, including 25,000 from heart disease, 19,000 from cancer, 12,000 from unintentional injuries, 11,000 from chronic lower respiratory disease, and 4,000 from stroke. The percentages of deaths that were potentially preventable were higher in rural areas than in urban areas. The report and a companion commentary are part of a new rural health series in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

This webinar will feature the lead authors of the CDC MMWR report and companion commentary, who will address the research findings and recommendations for reducing potentially preventable deaths. Also featured will be a program funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to share best practices and successes in their endeavor to reduce obesity, one of the major risk factors contributing to a number of the leading causes of death as cited by CDC.