University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

Division of Health Policy and Management
2221 University Ave. SE #350
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612.624.3921
Website: View center's website

Director: Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA
Deputy Director: Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW

Experts at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) conduct research to advance equity and improve health and well-being among those who are frequently absent from policy discussions, but whose lives are deeply impacted by policy decisions. All work is informed by the lived experiences of rural people, families, and communities that experience disproportionate health risks and exhibit disproportionate resilience.

The University of Minnesota RHRC's work maintains a focus on eliminating inequities based on geography, race, gender, nationality, age, and ability. They are committed to the highest standards of excellence in research and to communicating results to academic and policy audiences as well as to the people and communities to which the research pertains. The core principles of the University of Minnesota RHRC are:

  • Conducting research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts rural residents and communities.
  • Studying the impacts of policies that affect healthcare access and quality and population health outcomes across the lifespan, answering questions voiced by rural residents and communities.
  • Focusing on groups that experience disproportionate health risks because of structural inequities, including communities of color, women and girls, older adults, and low-income people in rural communities.
  • Educating policymakers about the consequences of their decisions for the communities and population groups studied.