Hoosier Health and Access to Care

Services: Geographic information systems, Data analysis

Research Areas: Economic Development, Housing & Community Development

This issue brief looks at health and well-being in Indiana by the geographical areas of the Thriving Communities, Thriving State project using a framework of the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute as well as an assessment of the Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in the state.

The key findings are:

  • Indiana residents report different health status based on their location in the state. Mid-sized areas report the lowest number of poor or fair health days while rural areas report the highest.
  • Rural residents have lower access to healthcare providers, often well below the statewide rate.
  • Only 9 percent of physicians statewide practice in rural areas; down from 25 percent in 1940.
  • The share of Indiana physicians in mid-sized areas has increased from 17 to 28 percent since 1940.
  • There is strong demand for healthcare practitioners at various education levels throughout the state.
  • Programs are available to assist communities in attracting and retaining healthcare practitioners.


Expert Team

Sue Burow
  • Sue Burow
  • Senior Policy Analyst
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