University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

Division of Health Policy and Management
2221 University Ave. SE #350
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612.624.6151
Website: View center's website

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

The University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center has extensive experience conducting high-quality, empirically driven, policy-relevant rural health research and disseminating research findings to federal and state policymakers. The Center is part of the Division of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.

The Center focuses on the quality of care and quality of life in rural communities, taking a lifecourse approach and using an equity lens. The Center has expertise in quantitative and qualitative approaches to measuring and assessing quality of care and quality of life, from birth to the end of life. It has experience with analysis of program and policy impacts in rural communities and interest in research that directly informs policy to improve health and well-being and to reduce disparities within and between rural communities.

Its specific areas of expertise in rural health include:

  • Quality of inpatient care;
  • Pregnancy/obstetrics;
  • Aging and long-term care;
  • Maternal, child, and adolescent health;
  • Mental health and substance use;
  • Disability; and
  • Medicare and Medicaid policy.

The Center's research has informed the development of national rural health policy on several major aspects of quality.