California is a state where over 75 percent of the land mass is classified as rural (Wilburn 2002). While Latinos are the fastest growing minority population in California (U.S. Census 2000) their health needs are often overlooked, especially in rural areas. Nationally, approximately 18% of all rural residents are of Latino/Hispanic origin compared to the urban population of 20.2% (Behavioral Risk Factors Survey 2003). This rapidly growing population has expanded into various rural and geographically isolated areas within the state. The CCRP Rural Latino Project examines the role that culture, space and place has upon the health care needs of rural Latinos in Northern California. Little research has been done on the health experiences of rural Latinos in the United States, let alone in California. Our research adopts a multi-method approach, which integrates sociospatial data via geographic information systems with other health and sociodemographic data, to investigate the health issues faced by this rapidly growing rural population. Additionally, we seek to highlight strengths and coping strategies of rural Latino communities in Northern California through in-depth qualitative interviews.
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