Rural and Underserved Health Research Center

Rural and Underserved Health Research Center
University of Kentucky

111 Washington Ave.
Lexington, KY 40536
Phone: 859.218.0108
Fax: 859.257.2821
Website: View center's website

Director: Ty Borders, PhD
Deputy Director: Jeffery Talbert, PhD

The Rural and Underserved Health Research Center conducts rural health services and policy research with a concentration on underserved rural areas of the U.S., including the predominantly white Appalachia region, predominantly African American Mississippi Delta region, and heavily Hispanic areas of the West.

The Center's objectives are to advance understanding and inform decision-makers about effective means of organizing health services, facilitating access, and improving population health.

To accomplish these objectives, the Center has assembled an accomplished and diverse team of faculty members at the University of Kentucky with expertise in health services research, epidemiology, public finance, economics, psychology, sociology, industrial engineering, and family medicine.

The Center has access to highly unique data sets via the University of Kentucky’s data collaboration with Humana, one of the larger private insurers in the U.S.; access to restricted data collected in the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a large nationally representative survey of Americans age 12 years and older; and the Center's partnership with the American Board of Family Medicine, the second largest medical specialty board in the U.S. with 89,000 Diplomates. The Center's research team utilizes these unique data to conduct rigorous health services research that yields practical information for application by health policy makers, health system managers, and practitioners.