The CDC suggests to help close the gap, health care providers in rural areas can: Screen patients for high blood pressure; Increase cancer prevention and early detection; Encourage physical activity and healthy eating; Promote smoking cessation; Promote motor vehicle safety; Engage in safer prescribing of opioids for pain.
I assume this is a joke. It can't be anything else.
Even if they can afford to go to a health care provider. Even if they did regularly visit a provider for health screening. I would pretty much expect their doc isn't telling them to chain smoke and binge on Twinkies and beer. So even satisfying the really big IFs, these folk are still quite unlikely to listen to their doctor telling them their lifestyle isn't advantageous any more than they will listen to us p**sy liberal socialists from the urban centers of the country telling them their lifestyle/worldview isn't particularly advantageous.
...nonmetropolitan areas might have characteristics that make deaths harder to prevent, such as long travel distances...".
I believe that falls under the "less access to healthcare" bit.
I would very much like to see solar deploy, wind, tidal, geothermal, etc. researched and deployed with budgets that resemble DoD purses. Energy is a very large control lever affecting many aspects of our existence. It drives wars, it drives the climate, it drives the standard of living, etc..
Making a road out of panels however, makes about as much sense to me as deploying panels on the interior walls of buildings to reclaim otherwise lost energy. It certainly might accomplish a task but the laws of physics demands it be grossly inefficient. This mandated inefficiency unambiguously places it at the back of the line for cost effectiveness.
It's great to be smart 'cause then you know stuff.