Despite its bountiful resources, West Texas remains one of
the most medically underserved areas in the country. Here,
as elsewhere on the Great Plains, geographic barriers to
care and disparities in health services related to income
and ethnic factors are combining with demands of an aging
population, a declining workforce, and an information divide
to create acute problems.
The Atlas of Rural and Community Health provides an information resource about West Texas that highlights and compares the land, people, and economy of West Texas to the rest of the state. The goals of this project are to develop a predictive model for community resources required to meet health care needs of the rural elderly in West Texas.