NC Rural Health Research Program



The North Carolina Rural Health Research Program (NC RHRP) at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research seeks to address problems in rural health care delivery through basic research, policy-relevant analyses, geographic and graphical presentation of data, and the dissemination of information to organizations and individuals who can use the information for policy or administrative purposes to address complex social issues affecting rural populations.

NC RHRP’s research involves primary data collection, analysis of large secondary data sets, and in-depth policy analysis. The program’s diverse, multidisciplinary team includes multidisciplinary health care professionals, along with experts in biostatistics, geography, epidemiology, sociology, anthropology, and political science. Our active dissemination component emphasizes the use of geographic methods in research.

NC RHRP is built upon a more than 40-year history of rural health research at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and draws on the experience of a wide variety of scholars and researchers, analysts, managers, and health service providers associated with the Center.

These projects are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Recent Publications

  • Rapid Response to Requests for Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research George Pink, PhD. October, 2022.
  • Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots Mark Holmes, PhD, . October, 2022.
  • North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center Mark Holmes, PhD. October, 2022.
  • Changes in the Provision of Health Care Services by Rural CAHs and PPS Hospitals from 2009 to 2017 Randall John, BSPH, Kathleen Knocke, MSPH, Sharita Thomas, MPP, Kristie Thompson, MA, Mark Holmes, PhD, George Pink, PhD. August, 2022.
  • Predictors of hospital bypass for rural residents seeking common elective surgery George H. Pink, PhD, Charles D. Scales Jr., MD, MSHS, Tyler L. Malone, MS, Yuqi Zhang, MD, MHS. August, 2022.

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