Rural Injuries

Rural living is known for things like close communities and pretty landscapes, but it also comes with some injury risks: geographical isolation, high-risk farming activities, gravel roads and two-lane roads with no shoulders, farther distances to hospitals, shortages of mental health care services, and having an unsecured firearm in the home. In rural America, death rates are higher from motor vehicle crashes, burns, drownings, and suicide compared to urban areas. Rural injuries & violence are understudied in public health and present unique opportunities for research. Since its establishment in 1991, the UI IPRC has been identifying how rural populations are affected by injuries and what places rural residents are at risk for being injured.  We have also developed and evaluated interventions aimed to prevent injuries among people living in rural areas.

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