2007 Student Research Conference:
20th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Health Field Concept of Linn County, Missouri
Ellen S. Holbrook*, Amy M. Lurken, and Ashley S. Hemphill
Dr. Janice Clark Young, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this research was to investigate the Health Field Concept on residents of Linn County Missouri. Public health and school officials were contacted to answer a questionnaire about county lifestyle, health care, environmental health, and other unmet health concerns. Linn County’s profile is: 13,777 residents, 98% Caucasian, and 80% of residents receiving Medicare, Medicaid, or both. Medical and preventive care, and vision were rated affordable by <17% of residents while <10% rated prescription drugs and health insurance as affordable; less than half rated county health care as adequate. Cancer and heart disease were the leading personal health concerns. Drinking water quality and crime prevention were leading environmental health concerns. Three out of four factors of the Health Field Concept were validated for this county. Health and school officials should utilize NMR-HAP survey results, promote vaccinations and school health education, and protect county water sources.

Keywords: Health Field Concept, Public Health, Health Care, Environmental health, Unmet Health Concern, Water Quality, Crime Concerns, Health Concerns

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 2-35
Location: OP Lobby
Time: 4:15 pm

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