Rural Health Equity Research Center

Current Projects

  • Characteristics of Buprenorphine Therapy Among Commercially-Insured Pregnant and Postpartum Women
    This project will analyze claims from a national commercial insurance database to characterize buprenorphine therapy initiation persistence and adherence among pregnant and postpartum women with opioid use disorder (OUD) and assess differences in buprenorphine OUD treatment characteristics among rural and urban pregnant/postpartum women.
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access, Maternal health, Substance use and treatment
  • Examining the Burden of Public Stigma Associated with Mental Illness in the Rural U.S.
    This project will quantitatively examine the burden of public stigma associated with mental illness in rural versus nonrural communities using a nationally representative panel-based survey. Findings will inform strategies aimed at reducing stigma and improving the lives of those experiencing mental illness in rural communities.
    Topics: Health services, Mental and behavioral health
  • Inpatient Treatment Costs Associated with Substance Use Disorders
    The purposes of this project are to examine the costs and characteristics of inpatient stays associated with substance use disorders and to examine whether there are systematic differences in these stays and costs for persons residing in rural areas compared to urban areas.
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access, Healthcare financing, Mental and behavioral health, Substance use and treatment
  • Rural-Urban Analysis of Persistent Health Professional Shortage Areas
    The study will describe rural-urban differences in persistent Health Professional Shortage Area designations for primary care, mental health, and dental care between 2010 and 2020, including those located in persistent poverty and majority minority counties.
    Topics: Healthcare access, Mental and behavioral health, Oral health, Workforce