Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW

Deputy Director, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center

Phone: 612.626.4512
Email: henn0329@umn.edu

Division of Health Policy and Management
University of Minnesota
2221 University Ave. SE, Suite 350
Minneapolis, MN 55414


Current Projects - (2)

  • Access to Care for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries
    This project will examine multiple dimensions of access to care, with a focus on rural Medicare beneficiaries, including rural-urban differences in access to care, and within-rural differences in access to care by region, coverage type (traditional fee-for-service vs. supplemental Medigap coverage), and socio-demographic characteristics.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Healthcare access, Medicare, Medicare Advantage (MA)
  • Disparities in Preventive Care by Race and Ethnicity Among Rural Adults
    The purpose of this project is to identify differences in access to and use of preventive care by race and ethnicity among rural residents. Results from this project will identify racial/ethnic disparities that exist within rural communities and may guide targeted interventions to improve equity and increase access to high-quality healthcare for all rural residents.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access, Hispanics, Minority health, Rural statistics and demographics

Completed Projects - (4)

  • Addressing Rural Social Isolation as a Health and Mortality Risk Factor
    This project aims to describe rural/urban differences in the prevalence of social isolation, as well as to identify challenges and strategies related to addressing rural social isolation in order to inform policy-making.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Health promotion and disease prevention
  • Caring for Caregivers: Available Support for Unpaid Caregivers in Rural Areas
    This project aims to describe rural-urban differences in the prevalence and intensity of informal caregiving for older adults and associated socio-demographic correlates and to identify potential policy interventions to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of rural caregivers.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Home health, Long-term care
  • Paving the Way: Addressing Transportation as a Social Determinant of Health for Rural Residents
    This project will use a mixed-methods design to examine ways in which transportation operates as a social determinant of health for vulnerable rural residents, and to identify exemplar transportation programs that are successfully improving health and well-being of those residents.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Aging, Health services, Networking and collaboration, Transportation
  • Skilled Nursing Facility Care for Rural Residents with Complex Care Needs
    This project will examine barriers to skilled nursing facility placement for rural residents with complex care needs, including obesity, dementia, and behavioral health problems, and explore potential implications for access to and quality of care.
    Research center: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
    Topics: Health services, Hospitals and clinics, Long-term care

Publications - (35)