WOMEN AND RURAL HEALTH
Women, with their responsibilities for children and aging parents, are the primary consumers of health-care services. In the rural setting, a number of factors converge, putting them at a particular disadvantage. The services that do exist are narrow in scope, and often not geared to the special needs of different age, sex, ethnic and occupational groups. Access is often prohibited by distance, limiting visits to emergency situations. Unlike her urban counterpart, the rural woman does not have access to health information resources, enabling her to take preventive action to avoid potential problems.
The Ontario Rural Learning Association promotes Community Health Centers by providing a number of educational materials:
By promoting Community Health Centers or Multi-Service Centers, the Ontario Rural Learning Association is providing a viable alternative to the disease-oriented approach to health. Through a process of study and action, rural women can define their particular health needs, and establish practical, effective programs to address them.
Hastings, J.E.F., The Community Health Centre in Canada, Health and Welfare Canada Publication, Canadian Printco Ltd., Montreal, 1972.
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Ontario Rural Learning
The three authors are all volunteers with the Erin-Wellington Advisory Group for Family Services.