Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



Thesis Type

College of Arts and Science Honors, Honors College

First Advisor

Dr. Teresa Mares, Ph.D.


Barriers, Healthcare, Women's Health, Rural, Vermont, COVID-19


Closures of non-urgent healthcare services at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic greatly reduced accessibility to an already shrinking field of women’s healthcare in rural Vermont. This study aims to assess various barriers individuals currently face in accessing women’s healthcare services in rural areas of Vermont and how they are navigating a post-pandemic healthcare system. My research consisted of anonymous surveys for patients as well as interviews among healthcare providers asking about their experiences utilizing and providing services. Findings showed that there are considerable pre-existing barriers to accessing women’s healthcare in rural areas that were greatly exacerbated by the pandemic.

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.