This paper provides data for heath policy for rural Illinois; the state’s metropolitan data are provided for comparison
purposes. The construct, “health policy”, is conceptualized to be a function of four factors: healthcare access, cost,
quality, and equity; each facet, in turn, was measured using indicators derived from multiple data sources. Data
analysis suggests that disparity in healthcare between the Whites and the minority population is more pronounced in the
non-metro and is getting worse.