Critical Thinking NUR 2020
Karren Locklear
Rural Areas in North Carolina
Paper #2
In Webster’s dictionary, the word rural means “a characteristic of the countryside”. Rather than having characteristics of the town of North Carolina, the article of Rural Areas of North Carolina talks deeply about the country side of North Carolina and its health issues. In a sense of comparing and contrasting, the author of the article coveys the similarities and differences of urban residents (those who live in the city) and rural residents. In addition to discussing health concerns on these areas, the article also talks about ways to improve some of the health concerns listed in the article.
Within the article, there is an area that speaks specifically about the health of residents of North Carolina and why their health may be in that shape. For example, “Rural North Carolinians are more likely to die due to heart disease, diabetes, lung disease, unintentional injuries, and suicide. Rural North Carolinians are also more likely to forgo seeing a doctor due to cost and are less likely to visit a dentist.” (pg. 25). The health issues listed here are very common in North Carolina and within the same quote, explains why they might have occurred. Even though there are many in North Carolina whom are prosperous, there are some who aren’t as fortunate and are unable to have health insurance so that they may afford to go see a health professional. Chosen from Kaiser in 2014, “12% of North Carolina residents lack health insurance.” It is possible that individuals who do not go to the doctor could have prevented a percent of these health issues listed in the quote above.
In the rural areas of North Carolina, it is safe to say that the population of these areas do not have access to healthcare professionals and is far more in amount than the healthcare professionals may be able to handle. As mentioned in the article, “there are 66 counties, which are considered primary care shortage areas, which means that there are too few primary care physicians to meet population needs.” (pg. 26). If there were more healthcare professionals and clinics as well as hospitals, the health of the population in rural areas wouldn’t be as bad. The idea of building more healthcare building and hiring more healthcare professionals in these areas can be of great help who are in need of them.
It is obviously proven in this article as well as others that rural areas of North Carolina is in worse shape than the urban areas. The overall health problems wouldn’t be as bad for the population of rural areas if others were willing to help. Towards the end of the article, there is a list of strategies on how the people of the community and outside the population can help the people of need and improve the health of those individuals. An example of this is quoted in the article, “work within the formal and informal education system to support healthy eating and active living.” (pg. 31). Actively having someone there to help others can majorly change the outlook on the way a person lives. Encouragement towards a healthy lifestyle can make beautiful changes.
The article as well as other articles express very similar ideas and statistics for the rural and urban areas of North Carolina. The life expectancy of the population in rural communities of North Carolina have the ability to vastly grow into longer and healthier lifestyles. The article, Rural Areas in North Carolina beautifully expresses ways for people to help one another with pursuing a healthier lifestyles. The article, Rural and Urban Health gave statistics of the rural and urban areas in which the results can be analyzed and compare the two separate areas. Mostly in the rural areas, the statistics show that there is a less chance that people have health insurance which also leads to less people going to the doctor frequently.

“Rural Health Information Hub.” Rural Health for North Carolina Introduction – Rural Health Information Hub. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2016.
@Georgetown. “Rural and Urban Health.” Health Policy Institute | Georgetown University. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Dec. 2016.

I do believe that my writing in most places were clear and that my standing position on this topic was good and easily understandable. There could have been better ways to touch on certain topics with more detail for them to have been easier to understand. I make a few grammatical and punctuation errors throughout the essay as well. Throughout the essay the topic stayed the same but the flow of the paper may have been off in certain parts with some inconsistencies as well and word choice in some parts weren’t the best.