Southwest Rural Health Research Center

Southwest Rural Health Research Center
Texas A&M School of Public Health

TAMU 1266
College Station, TX 77843-1266
Phone: 979.436.9468
Fax: 979.436.9598
Website: View center's website

Director: Jane Bolin, PhD, JD, RN
Deputy Director: Alva Ferdinand, DrPH, JD

The Southwest Rural Health Research Center, located at the Texas A&M School of Public Health, is a federally designated Rural Health Research Center funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy in 2000, and again in 2016. The Center has served the nation well since its founding 16 years ago, particularly as home to Rural Healthy People 2010 and Rural Healthy People 2020. These important publications have provided critical data to guide and inform rural healthcare providers, stakeholders, and policymakers about current rural health priorities and disparities in our country, as well as provided models for practice for rural community leaders.

The overall goal of the Center is to conduct policy-relevant, rural health research to address the needs of rural, underserved and special populations, while reducing health disparities, maintaining and building capacity of rural health systems, and evaluating health services delivery.

Research areas have centered around community-based training, education and outreach; chronic disease (e.g., diabetes self-management technology and education, and breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening); mental health and substance abuse services; community health workers in rural and border regions; Medicaid policy; quality differences in rural and urban nursing homes and assisted living centers; health professional shortages; patient-centered medical homes; and reducing barriers to preventive health screenings.

The Center brings together a talented cadre of affiliated faculty, staff and clinicians, and leverages unique and complementary resources of its numerous community and clinical partners to improve the quality of life of rural populations.