Southwest Rural Health Research Center

Current Projects

  • Are Rural Mothers and Infants Benefitting from Changes in National Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Policy?
    This study explores breastfeeding practices among rural participants in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program before and after a federal policy change in WIC Food Packages. National Food and Nutrition Survey data will be used to examine potential impact on breastfeeding, infant feeding practices, and food/beverage consumption.
    Topics: Children, Health policy, Maternal and child health, Poverty, Women
  • Examining the Legal Landscape in Rural America: Implications for the Healthcare Workforce, Access to Care, and Population Health
    This project explores potential rural/urban differences in the prevalence of malpractice claims, clinical privilege actions, and state licensure actions among health care providers. We will also examine whether variations in nurse practitioner scope of practice laws affect rural residents differentially, especially with respect to preventive care.
    Topics: Allied health professionals, Health services, Legislation and regulation, Nurse practitioners, Workforce
  • Provision of Skilled Nursing in Rural America: Skilled Nursing Facilities and Swing Beds
    This project will allow researchers and policy makers to understand the nature of swing bed and skilled nursing facility care provision in rural areas of the U.S. Our national comparison will include indicators such as service mix, length of stay, discharges, volume and census, and certifications and provider characteristics.
    Topics: Aging, Hospitals and clinics, Long term care, Medicare
  • The Burden of Diabetes in Rural America
    The purpose of this project is to determine rural versus urban differences in type 2 diabetes prevalence, morbidity and mortality in the U.S. Diabetes complications, disparities and associated demographics are reported. A comparison of Mexican-American border versus non-border states is also included.
    Topics: Chronic diseases and conditions, Health disparities, Minority health