As published in Social Science & Medicine, January 2020.

The social conditions of individuals’ residential environments actively shape their health outcomes.

  • Rural adults are more likely to die from the most highly preventable causes (HPC)
  • Place-level socioeconomic advantage negatively associates with HPC
  • Policies to improve socioeconomic conditions will decrease mortality disparities

Social Science & Medicine, Volume 245, January 2020, 112689, Characteristics of place and the rural disadvantage in deaths from highly preventable causes

Adam R.Roth and Justin T. Denney, Department of Sociology, Washington State University, Pullman;  Solmaz Amiri, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University, Spokane; and Ofer Amram, Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University, Spokane and Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, Pullman