Medically Underserved Areas of Alabama
Medically Underserved Areas
Data Source: Heath Resources and Services Administration, HHS. Map created by RUPRI Community Information Resource Center Interactive Map Room: http:///circ.rupri.org
Alabama's Rural Health at a Glance
• 55 of 67 of Alabama's counties are considered rural.
• 2,061,567 residents, or 44.4% of the entire Alabama population, live in rural areas.
• There are 59 primary care health professional shortage areas in Alabama.
• In 2004, Alabama rural communities had only one primary care physician for every 2,200 citizens. In urban communities, there was one primary care physician for every 990 individuals.
• Nine Alabama counties do not have hospitals.
• 33 of 55 rural Alabama counties do not provide labor & delivery service.
Alabama suffers from a shortage of primary care physicians
61 of Alabama’s 67 counties are, in part or whole, short of primary care physicians; all rural counties are.
Alabama ranks well below the national average in physician:population ratios by primary care versus non-primary care.
Every Alabama county but two is included on the latest federal list of officially approved Medically Underserved areas.
In rural Alabama, this shortage exists in context with factors such as
In parts of rural Alabama, deaths from cervical cancer are 56 percent higher than the U.S. as a whole and 30 percent higher than non-rural Alabama.
In other Alabama areas, deaths from prostate cancer are 40 percent higher than the U.S., and 26 percent higher than non-rural Alabama.
Diabetes-related deaths in rural Alabama are 25 to 44 percent higher than the U.S. and 5 to 18 percent higher than non-rural Alabama.
Deaths from heart disease in rural Alabama are from 52 to 83 percent higher than the U.S. and 47 to 78 percent higher than non-rural Alabama.
Deaths due to strokes are 64 percent higher than the U.S. and 56 percent higher than non-rural Alabama.
Deaths from automobile accidents are 128 percent higher than the U.S. and 65 percent higher than non-rural Alabama.