(KFVS) - The Illinois Department of Public Health, along with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, will be celebrating the second National Rural Health Day in an effort to increase awareness of rural health-related issues.
Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed Nov. 15 National Rural Health Day in Illinois to encourage residents to recognize the unique health care needs and opportunities in Illinois' rural communities.
According to IDPH, approximately 62 million people, or almost one in five Americans, live in rural areas of the United States. That includes more than two million Illinois residents. Yet only nine percent of all physicians and 12 percent of all pharmacists practice in rural communities.