University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

Current Projects

  • Access and Quality of Care for Rural Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    Although rates of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are substantially higher in rural areas, there has been limited research on healthcare access and quality issues for individuals with COPD who live in rural communities. This project aims to improve the accessibility and quality of care for rural COPD patients.
    Topics: Cancer, Chronic diseases and conditions, Quality
  • Addressing Rural Social Isolation as a Health and Mortality Risk Factor
    This project aims to describe rural/urban differences in the prevalence of social isolation, as well as to identify challenges and strategies related to addressing rural social isolation in order to inform policy-making.
    Topics: Aging, Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Caring for Caregivers: Available Support for Unpaid Caregivers in Rural Areas
    This project aims to describe rural-urban differences in the prevalence and intensity of informal caregiving for older adults and associated socio-demographic correlates and to identify potential policy interventions to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of rural caregivers.
    Topics: Aging, Home health, Long-term care
  • Rural-Urban Differences in Opioid-Affected Pregnancies and Births
    This analysis aims to combat the opioid epidemic in rural communities by describing the rates and predictors of non-medical opioid use prior to and during pregnancy and maternal diagnosis of opioid use disorder at birth, based on rural or urban maternal residence and rural or urban hospital location.
    Topics: Maternal health, Substance use and treatment, Women