Terms: medically underserved area
The federaldesignation identifies s on the basis of demographic data. To qualify for designation the area or population is scored on the basis of four criteria:
- percentage of population below 100% poverty
- percentage of population age 65 and over
- infant mortality rate
- primary care physicians per 1,000 population
The four resulting scores are added and the sum is identified as the Index of Medical Underservice (IMU). An area with a score less than 62 is generally eligible for designation as an.
Source and for further information: California Health Workforce Catalog http://gis.ca.gov/catalog/BrowseRecord.epl?id=23747