2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Health Field Concept in Macon County, Missouri
Alysia J. Hall*, Brandon M. Walsh, and Jason D. Stokes
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

Macon County is a rural area, composed of 15,762 residents, located in Northeast Missouri. Due to the rural nature of the county, accessibility to health care is a concern. The purpose of this study is to use the Health Field Concept to elucidate health disparities within the county. Data was collected using census information and online surveys regarding health issues. County struggles include lifestyle behavior issues such as diet, exercise and ATOD use. Environmental problems such as particle pollutants also need to be addressed. Recommendations include increasing health education with students, parents, and the community regarding healthy lifestyle behaviors. Building smaller minor-emergency clinics in the outer areas of the county would increase accessibility to health care for the more rural residents. With regards to environmental concerns, steps should be taken to ensure that farmers follow proper procedures to regulate fertilizer run-off and insure the quality of the county’s water supply.

Keywords: Macon County, Health Field Concept, Health, Rural Missouri

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-34
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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