More than 46 million Americans, or 15% of the U.S. population, live in rural areas as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. Yet despite the large number of individuals living in rural America, rural communities continue to face significant disparities in healthcare.
In counties where Arc Health works, the ratio of primary care providers to the total population is 1:1863. In San Francisco County, CA, it is 1:650.
Arc Health partner clinics are at a median distance of 27.8 miles from the nearest tertiary hospital.
Rural communities are often…
Deprived of experienced and consistent healthcare workers
CDC Rural Health
National Rural Health Resource Center
Rural Health Information Hub
Native American Communities
There are 574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and villages in the US. Of the total US population, 5.7 million people – or 1.7% – classify as AI/AN alone or in combination with one or more other races.
Currently, we partner with 14 facilities that primarily serve the health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native individuals.
We are committed to providing clinicians with the necessary resources to serve tribal communities across the US. We believe that clinician cultural competency and cultural humility facilitate better relationships between providers and patients, resulting in better health outcomes. Most importantly, as allies to Indigenous communities, we honor and respect tribal values.
Disparities experienced by AI/AN communities:
American Indians and Alaska Natives born today have a life expectancy that is 5.5 years lower than the US overall population – 73.0 years to 78.5 years, respectively.
In the Navajo Nation, the largest tribe in North America, there are 13 grocery stores and 12 medical facilities scattered across more 27,000 square miles of land.
American Indians are more likely to live in food deserts, a contributory factor to the high rates of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.
Internet coverage is limited, making it difficult when accessing or managing virtual healthcare appointments.