The Health Resources and Services Administration classifies geographic areas as medically underserved based on them having too few primary care doctors, a high infant mortality rate, high poverty or a high elderly population.
Missouri is distributing vaccine based on the state’s nine highway patrol regions, and Parson has insisted that each region is getting its share based on population. But thousands of urban residents have taken to traveling to small towns to get shots.
The Mississippi Delta and Appalachia both fare far worse than the national average in health indicators and outcomes. The project will explore why health disparities exist, with a focus on long term and sustainable solutions.