ERIC Number: ED124362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
An Assessment of Public Services in Selected Eastern Montana Counties.
Williams, Anne S.; Dick, Kitty K.
Study objectives were to: describe existing government and health care services in 6 selected counties of eastern Montana; identify the demographic, geographic, and social characteristics affecting rural social service delivery systems; and suggest policy and organizational alternatives. County knowledgables were surveyed to determine the type and adequacy of available health and government services in the 6 counties, and health care services in 20 eastern Montana counties were inventoried to determine the ratio between population and health personnel and facilities. Findings indicated: the more sparsely populated counties had fewer medical facilities and personnel than their urban counterparts; many eastern Montana residents lived in isolated areas along poor transportation routes; medical facilities and personnel were located in the larger urban areas; rural residents tended to expect less health care and engage in more self-treatment than urban residents; rural health service problems were comparable to rural government service problems (i.e., geographic isolation, sparse population, and financial shortages). Suggested alternatives were: multi-legged service delivery centers (communities assigned a single service responsibility); the circuit rider concept (regional specialists); computerized coordination (interagency communication/cooperation). (JC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Montana State Univ., Bozeman. Montana Agricultural Experiment Station.
Identifiers - Location: Montana