Rural Health Research Gateway Webinars

Upcoming Webinars

  • Benefits of Gateway for State Offices of Rural Health & Rural Community Programs

    Hear from Dr. Shawnda Schroeder, principal investigator of the Rural Health Research Gateway, as she gives a brief overview of Gateway and how the website and its resources can benefit rural community programs and State Offices of Rural Health. In this 10-minute presentation, Schroeder will highlight the key benefits of Gateway, how to use the resources available, and why rural health research is important for rural community and healthcare facility planning. She also will answer any questions participants may have.

  • Rural Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions: 2005-2016

    Hospital mergers and acquisitions are changing the face of healthcare in both rural and urban communities across the country. Hear from Dunc Williams Jr. and Dr. George Pink from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center as they discuss one of their recent studies describing the number and geographic distribution of 380 rural hospital mergers from 2005 through 2016.

Archived Webinars

  • The History and Future of Rural Health Research: Celebrating 30 Years
    Presented Monday, June 4, 2018

    During this webinar Tom Morris with the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and researchers from the oldest and newest Rural Health Research Centers spoke to the history and future of rural health research. The Rural Health Research Center Program, funded by the FORHP under the Health Resources and Services Administration, has played a critical role in providing the analysis and research that has helped inform the development of federal and state health policy. Dr. Eric Larson from the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center (also celebrating 30 years) spoke to how WWAMI's research agenda has changed over time and also addressed key topics for 2018 and beyond. Dr. Marcia Ward from the newest center, the Rural Telehealth Research Center, shared the RTRC's experiences and discussed some of their most recent work around telemedicine and emergency and trauma care.

  • Diminishing Access to Rural Maternity Care and Associated Changes in Birth Location and Outcomes
    Presented Thursday, April 26, 2018

    This webinar, presented by Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW, Deputy Director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, described recent work from the Center on loss of hospital-based obstetric care in rural areas, including the overall change in availability of care and the county-level socio-demographic correlates of losing services. It also included information from a study published in JAMA in March 2018, describing changes in birth location and outcomes following obstetric services loss in rural areas.

  • Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities
    Presented Thursday, January 18, 2018

    The opioid epidemic is an ongoing problem in rural areas. Rural youth, young adults, women experiencing domestic violence, and people living in states with large rural populations suffer from higher rates of opioid use than their urban counterparts. Opioid overdose deaths are growing faster in rural counties than urban counties. This presentation by John Gale, MS, of the University of Southern Maine focused on a wide range of strategies that communities can use to combat the opioid problem. In particular, it discussed cost-effective, evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs that have been successfully implemented in rural communities. It concluded by describing community organizing strategies to engage a wide range of local stakeholders to reduce the burden of opioid use.

  • Recent Trends in Children's Healthcare: Coverage and Oral Health Outcomes
    Presented Thursday, November 9, 2017

    Kevin Bennett, PhD, from the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center discussed the latest information on healthcare coverage for children and adolescents. He also discussed recent findings from the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center regarding access to care, Medicaid coverage, and utilization among children. There was also discussion on recent research regarding oral healthcare among children and adolescents, including dental insurance and benefits, oral health status, and utilization of dental services.

  • Financial Distress and Closures of Rural Hospitals
    Presented Thursday, September 21, 2017

    Since 2005, 122 rural hospitals have closed - 80 since 2010. George Pink, PhD, from the North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center presented updated and new data about closed rural hospitals and their post-closure disposition. A model predicting financial distress and closure in rural hospitals was also described. Characteristics of hospitals at high risk of financial distress were identified and trends in risk of financial distress among rural hospitals analyzed.

  • Behavioral Health Workforce Supply
    Presented Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    Rural-urban disparities exist across the spectrum of behavioral health providers. Holly Andrilla, MS, and Eric Larson, PhD, both from the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, presented findings from a recently completed study quantifying Census Division differences in the per capita supply and distribution of five types of behavioral health providers, (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and counselors) across metropolitan, micropolitan, and non-core counties.

  • Preparing a Strong Rural Health Message
    Presented Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    Dr. Schroeder, Principal Investigators of the Rural Health Research Gateway and Kristine Sande with the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) spoke to the rural health resources, and research that are freely available through these sites. Listen to the webinar to learn how to use the information available on both websites to develop a strong rural health message for decision makers, the public, and others.

  • Obstetric Care Quality and Access for Rural U.S. Women
    Presented Wednesday, January 11, 2017

    Katy Kozhimannil, PhD, MPA, presented findings from recent studies on the quality of obstetric care in rural hospitals, the workforce providing obstetric care in rural areas, and the predictors of non-local childbirth for rural women. The focus was on understanding whether rural pregnant women have access to the care they need, and whether rural hospitals have the capacity to meet their needs.

  • Ups and Downs: Trends in Rural Children’s Access to Care
    Presented Thursday, October 13, 2016

    Jan Probst, PhD, Professor, University of South Carolina, and Director of the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center will presented findings from a study based on the National Surveys of Children’s Health. For many groups of rural children, access to care rose between 2003 and 2007, but dipped slightly in 2011-2012.

  • Geographic Variation in Health Insurance Marketplaces: Rural and Urban Trends in Enrollment, Firm Participation, Premiums, and Cost Sharing in 2016
    Presented Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    Timothy McBride, PhD, along with Abigail Barker, PhD at the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis provided an overview of HIM performance in rural areas along several dimensions. They provided context to the ongoing discussion on the importance of competition in driving positive outcomes for consumers and for the government, followed by policy recommendations and Q&A.

  • Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences
    Presented Wednesday, June 8, 2016

    Alana Knudson, PhD, from the North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center, provided an overview of findings from the recently released study, Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences. This study examines the impact of rurality on mortality and explores regional differences in mortality rates.

  • Impact of the CMS Value-Based Purchasing and Readmission Reduction Programs on Rural Hospitals
    Presented Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Dr. Ira Moscovice and Michelle Casey, MS with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center discussed the impact of the CMS value-based purchasing and readmission reduction programs on rural hospitals.

  • Prevalence of Opioids and the Workforce to Provide Treatment in Rural and Urban Settings
    Presented Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Holly Andrilla from WWAMI, and John Gale along with Jennifer Lenardson from Maine provided an overview of their research on the prevalence of opioid use disorders in rural and urban settings and discussed issues with regard to workforce and providing treatment. Question and answer will follow.

  • The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook
    Presented Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Alana Knudson, PhD from the North Dakota and NORC Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center discussed The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook.

  • Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement
    Presented Friday, October 31, 2014

    Mark Holmes, PhD from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center discussed the financial performance and condition of Critical Access Hospitals.

  • Change in Profitability & Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement
    Presented Friday, September 19, 2014

    Mark Holmes, PhD and George H. Pink, PhD from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center discussed the financial performance and condition of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).