Rural Health Research Centers

The Rural Health Research Centers are designed to help policy makers better understand the problems that rural communities face in assuring access to health care for their residents. The Centers' research findings inform a wide audience of national, state, and local decision-makers concerned with rural health.

Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHC)
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Works to inform healthcare policymaking and the delivery of rural health services, focusing on rural healthcare financing and system reform, rural long term care, and rural mental health.
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North Carolina Rural Health Research Program (NC RHRP)
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Works to identify rural health problems through policy-relevant analyses, geographic and graphical presentation of data, and information dissemination. Focuses on federal insurance programs and healthcare delivery organizations and access.
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RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on rural healthcare financing/system reform, rural systems building, and meeting the healthcare needs of special rural populations.
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Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on hospital and public health system collaborations, rural hospital finance, patient-centered medical care, and the Affordable Care Act.
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Rural Telehealth Research Center
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on building the evidence base for telehealth, especially in rural applications. A collaboration of the University of Iowa, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and the University of Southern Maine.
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Southwest Rural Health Research Center (SRHRC)
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on health insurance and the uninsured, maternal and child health, chronic disease, substance abuse, environmental and agricultural health, and health information technology.
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University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Conducts research and disseminates information, with primary areas of research including: rural healthcare quality, outcomes and delivery of care in rural areas, and health information technology.
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WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (WWAMI RHRC)
One of the Rural Health Research Centers currently funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Focuses on training and supply of rural healthcare providers, availability and quality of care for rural women and children, and access to high-quality care for vulnerable and minority rural populations. Based in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
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