This Kidney Care Desert Analysis increases awareness of an often-overlooked healthcare access issue: that many Americans across the country lack basic access to kidney care resources. We aim to identify those communities and publicize how geography can contribute to public health concerns. Our Kidney Care Desert Analysis identifies multiple locations in the United States where kidney care resources are severely deficient and may constitute a significant barrier to care for millions of Americans.
Specifically, this data layer includes:
- The dialysis treatment center locations throughout the U.S.
- The count of dialysis treatment centers by County throughout the U.S.
Additional data layers available upon request include:
- The count of dialysis treatment centers by distance (e.g., 5 miles, 10 miles, 50 miles) to population centers.
- The count of dialysis treatment centers by population (per 100,000 people) throughout the U.S.
- The prevalence of chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, and obesity by county.
- Risk factor national average and state average.
- Health equity implications of kidney care deserts.
All of the above data layers and analysis are available at the state or regional levels. Customized analyses of kidney health care deserts can also be performed to meet specific needs.
This analysis, part of our wider Care Desert Initiative series, is a first and important step in increasing the awareness of our policy makers to this often, under publicized problem. HSR.health hopes to lead the way in revealing how our geography can contribute to both health problems and likewise, health solutions.