What is rural? -- Access to medical care in rural America -- Public health workforce issues in rural areas -- Rural health care ethics -- Rural church-based health promotion -- Integrated care in rural areas -- Mental health in rural areas -- Substance use and abuse in rural America -- Heart disease in rural areas -- Obesity in rural America -- Diabetes in rural areas -- HIV prevention and treatment issues in rural America: a focus on regional differences -- Environmental and occupational health in rural areas -- Rural minority health: race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation -- Migrant farmworker health -- Health and aging in rural America -- Future directions in rural public health. Rural residents face distinct health challenges due to economic conditions, cultural/behavioral factors, and health provider shortages. This comprehensive text about the issues of rural public health is the only book to focus on rural health from the perspectives of public health and prevention. Providing a cohesive synthesis of current research and practice, the book covers specific diseases and disorders faced by rural populations, service delivery challenges, disadvantages wrought by a shortfall of rural practitioners, and promising community health approaches and preventive measures. -- from back cover.