2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Knox County Health Field Concept
Lara K. McKay*, Sara F. Bates, and Shannon M. Downing
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

Knox County, located in Northeast Missouri, is a rural county with a medically underserved, low-income population. The purpose of this study was to investigate the elements of the Health Field Concept (human biology, environment, lifestyle, and health care) on the residents of Knox County. Data was collected from internet-based statistics and interviews with health leaders of Knox County. The county profile is: 4,361 population, 98.1% Caucasian, 58.1% female, and a median annual income of $27,124. Major county health concerns include: 1) lack of health insurance for those with the most need; 2) lack of motivation for healthy lifestyles; and 3) lack of waste control and poor air quality due to agribusiness. These situations could be reduced with appropriate health promotion presentations, refundable grants for the uninsured to provide medical bill payment, and providing readily available health information to all residents of Knox County.

Keywords: Knox County, Health Field Concept, Human Biology, Lifestyle, Environment, Health Care

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-37
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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