Injury and violence prevention in rural America
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Far too many people in the United States are injured or die due to accidents, suicide, and violence, especially considering the preventable nature of many injuries and acts of violence. Injuries and violence exact a high toll on the American population, a toll that is potentially preventable. Thus, a goal of Healthy People 2020 is to prevent unintentional injuries and violence, and to reduce their consequences through: (1) modifying individual and social behaviors, (2) shaping the physical environment, and (3) increasing access to appropriate preventative and tertiary services. Each of these target points for change are also important for rural America, as individual behaviors and social norms, the physical environment, and access to services are often cited as facilitating factors in health disparities between rural and urban areas.
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Bolin, J. N., Bellamy, G., Ferdinand, A. O., Kash, B. A., & Helduser, J. W.
Rural Healthy People 2020 Volume 2