Research Publications

Browse the full list of research publications from the Rural Health Research Centers.

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Five Most Recent Publications

  • The Association of Rurality and Breast Cancer Stage at Diagnosis: A National Study of the SEER Cancer Registry
    Policy Brief
    WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2021
    Patients from rural areas have lower breast cancer screening rates and poorer cancer outcomes than urban patients and received initial breast cancer diagnosis at a later stage compared with urban patients. Black race and being uninsured were also associated with late stage at diagnosis. Patterns have persisted and suggest areas for policy change.
  • Examples of Statewide Age-Friendly Initiatives
    Policy Brief
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2021
    The purpose of these policy briefs is to identify the extent of statewide programs to support aging in place or age-friendly environments and, within those, to identify the extent to which such programs have an explicit rural focus. The "Examples" document provides an overview of the initiatives identified in the "Environmental Scan."
  • Statewide Age-Friendly Initiatives: An Environmental Scan
    Policy Brief
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2021
    The purpose of these policy briefs is to identify the extent of statewide programs to support aging in place or age-friendly environments and, within those, to identify the extent to which such programs have an explicit rural focus. The "Examples" document provides an overview of the initiatives identified in the "Environmental Scan."
  • Successes and Challenges to Network Sustainability: Perspectives of 2019-2020 Rural Health Network Development Planning Grantees
    Policy Brief
    University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 10/2021
    The purpose of this brief is to examine the successes and challenges to network sustainability, as well as barriers to and facilitators of success among the 2019-2020 cohort grantees in the Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program.
  • Medicare Advantage Enrollment Update 2021
    Policy Brief
    Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis
    Date: 09/2021
    The RUPRI Center's annual update on Medicare Advantage (MA) shows that both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan enrollment has continued to grow for more than 10 years. However, between 2020 and 2021 the rate of growth in nonmetropolitan counties was more than twice as large as that in metropolitan counties.