Author Credentials

Atul Grover, MD, PhD, Executive Director, AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) Research and Action Institute


Rural Health, Health Policy, Health Outcomes


Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental and Social Health


Policymakers have voiced their hope that locating family doctors and other primary care physicians within rural communities would, by itself, improve the health status of rural residents. However, access does not necessarily translate to better health. Rural populations face disproportionately worse health outcomes and inequities compared to urban populations. To improve the health care of rural America, it is critical to define—and periodically reassess—the problem and identify varying targeted policies.