Jan Eberth, PhD

Director, Rural and Minority Health Research Center

Phone: 803.576.7384
Email: jmeberth@mailbox.sc.edu
Twitter: @jmeberth

Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of South Carolina
200 Stoneridge Drive Suite 204
Columbia, SC 29210


Current Projects - (3)

  • Assessing Cancer Care Coordination in Rural Health Clinics During a Pandemic
    This project will aim to understand how Rural Health Clinics perceive and implement evidence-based cancer screening and treatment and related intervention strategies before and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Cancer, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)
  • Availability of Healthcare Infrastructure in Minoritized Racial/Ethnic Groups
    This analysis will compare the likelihood that selected healthcare infrastructure elements are available within rural and urban ZIP Code Tabulation Areas that contain versus do not contain a high proportion of historically disadvantaged minority residents.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: American Indians and Alaska Natives, Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access, Hispanics, Home health, Long-term care, Minority health
  • Planning and Pilot Testing of Evidence-Based Cancer Prevention and Control Interventions with Rural Health Clinics
    This project will leverage growing collaborative efforts between the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, South Carolina Office of Rural Health, South Carolina Primary Health Care Association, and Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare to assess and improve cancer prevention and control among rural South Carolina residents.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Cancer, Minority health, Rural Health Clinics (RHCs)

Completed Projects - (4)

  • Colorectal Cancer Screening Bypass Behavior and Outcomes
    Studies have shown that increased distance to the closest endoscopy provider is associated with lower screening utilization among Medicare enrollees. The purpose of this study is to expand beyond the Medicare population to examine the travel behaviors of the entire population, comparing urban vs. rural residents in obtaining endoscopies for colorectal cancer screening.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Cancer, Health promotion and disease prevention, Medicare
  • Creating County Level Estimates of Childhood Obesity in the U.S.: A Spatial Multilevel Modeling Approach
    Using the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health, spatial multilevel models were constructed to estimate county level rates of childhood obesity in the U.S. Particular emphasis was placed on rural areas, for which direct estimates are often unavailable because of small sample sizes in population-based surveys.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Children and adolescents, Obesity
  • Potential Impact of ESRD Payment Reform on Rural Dialysis Patients
    This study will estimate the potential implications of rural dialysis facility loss for rural patients. Specifically, we will identify low-volume dialysis facilities in rural areas, profile the patients they serve, and estimate the additional travel burden that these patients would experience if facilities close.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Health services, Hospitals and clinics
  • Rural Colon and Cervical Cancer Environmental Scan
    Detailed research was needed to provide a complex, textured picture of rural healthcare and the ways in which existing federally supported providers could provide adequate services across the continuum of cancer care from prevention through survivorship.
    Research center: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Topics: Cancer, Minority health

Publications - (35)

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  • ESRD Facility Characteristics by Rurality and Risk of Closure
    Report
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2017
    This study's purpose was to profile rural end stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities, focusing on those at greatest risk for closure. We examined the characteristics of these facilities, the quality of care provided, and the distance patients in rural areas would have to travel if the facilities closed.
  • Gender and Geographic Differences in Medicare Service Utilization During the Last Six Months of Life
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2017
    End-of-life issues are important for senior women, particularly rural women, who are more likely than their urban counterparts to live alone. The role of residence has yet to be investigated. The purpose of this study is to examine whether service utilization in the last six months of life differs across gender and rurality.
  • Who Performs Colonoscopy? Workforce Trends Over Space and Time
    Rural and Minority Health Research Center
    Date: 11/2017
    Using data from South Carolina from 2001-2010, this study looked at changes in the types of facilities doing colonoscopies as well as the any changes in who is performing them.

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