Rapid Research Response on Health Care Reform Issues

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Project funded:
September 2009
Project completed:
April 2011

Statement of the problem - Rural populations, and rural minority populations in particular, continue to experience marked disparities in health and health care access. While many studies have examined rural and racial disparities of health or health care, detailed and comprehensive analyses are uncommon. As the country engages in healthcare reform debate, the impact of policy on rural and underserved populations may not receive adequate attention.

Project goals - The goal of the rapid research response project is to expand on the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center's (SCRHRC) existing expertise in investigating persistent inequities in health status within the population of the rural US, with an emphasis on inequities stemming from socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and access to healthcare services.

Methods - We will use a variety of national data sets to conduct bivariate and multivariate analyses on health care reform questions that illuminate the impact on race/ethnicity and rural-based health disparities.

Anticipated publications or products - We will produce policy briefs that will be reviewed by the Office of Rural Health Policy as well as the Center's Expert Work Group and Research-Users Network.