2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Health Field Concept in Shelby County
Pamela Stephen* and Lauren Kenna
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of the study was to determine the effects of the elements of the Health Field Concept (human biology, environment, lifestyle, and health care organization) on the health of Shelby County, MO residents. Data was collected from county and state websites and local health personnel were interviewed. The county profile is: 98% Caucasian, 47% high school graduates, 25% engaged in farming, median income of $29,491, and 30% of residents reporting physical inactivity. During 1994-2000, the leading causes of death were heart disease, cancer, and stroke. There is no hospital in Shelby County; residents travel 60 miles to the nearest health care facility. The lack of health care resources in this rural county and high rate of diseases caused by lifestyle highlight three significant elements of the Health Field Concept on Shelby County residents. More prevention and education programs concerning heart disease, obesity, and other health issues are recommended.

Keywords: Health Field Concept, Shelby County

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-38
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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