North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
725 MLK Jr. Blvd., CB 7590
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7590
Website: View center's website
Deputy Director: George Pink, PhD
The North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center is one of the federally designated Rural Health Research Centers funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The Center is built on the three decades of rural health services research at the University of North Carolina's Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, and is able, through that relationship, to draw on the experience of a wide variety of scholars, researchers, analysts, managers and health service providers. The Center's work primarily focuses on Federal insurance programs (Medicare and Medicaid) and their effect on rural populations and providers.
The Center seeks to address problems in the rural health arena through policy-relevant analyses, the geographic and graphical presentation of data, and the dissemination of information to organizations and individuals in the healthcare field who can use this material for policy or administrative purposes. The Center's research involves primary data collection, analysis of large secondary data sets, and in-depth policy analysis. The Center brings together a diverse, multidisciplinary team including clinicians in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, allied health, mental health and other professions and disciplines along with experts in economics, geography, epidemiology, sociology, anthropology and political science to address complex social issues affecting rural populations.