Alva Ferdinand, DrPH, JD

Deputy Director, Southwest Rural Health Research Center

Phone: 979.436.9434
Fax: 979.436.9598
Email: ferdinand@tamhsc.edu

Texas A&M University
212 Adriance Lab Rd.
1266 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-1266


Current Projects - (3)

  • 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.
    Research center: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Allied health professionals, Health services, Legislation and regulation, Nurse practitioners, Workforce
  • Malpractice Claims Among Rural and Urban Providers: Do State Telehealth Laws Make a Difference?
    This project examines trends in state telehealth laws and whether they have affected the rural and urban malpractice environments differentially. Data from the National Practitioner Data Bank are used to determine whether changes in telehealth laws are associated with increased malpractice claims and other adverse actions against providers.
    Research center: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Allied health professionals, Legislation and regulation, Nurse practitioners, Telehealth, Workforce
  • 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.
    Research center: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Chronic diseases and conditions, Health disparities, Minority health

Publications - (3)