UNC Rural Health Research Seminar Series

We are excited to begin the 2021-2022 rural health research seminar series at UNC, funded by Carolina Seminars. This seminar series is designed to unite researchers from across the university whose work pertains to the study of rural health and health care. Excellent research is being conducted at the university in multiple disciplines, from health services research to nutrition, and from public policy to journalism. This seminar series is designed to raise awareness of the ongoing work and to encourage connection and collaboration among the individuals and teams currently studying rural health.

Who should attend? Any staff, students or faculty interested in rural health


Date and Time Speaker Title  Slides
September 22 @ 10 AM


Arrianna Planey, PhD
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Fellow, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
“Enduring Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Travel Times to Access Acute Care in the Rural U.S. South, 2007-2018.”
October 20 @ 11 AM Emma Watson, MSc, FRCPath, FRCPEd
Deputy Medical Director in NHS Highland
2020/21 UK Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy and Practice
Making it Better- Rural Health-Leveraging the Scottish Experience in Education Design and Delivery


December 15 @ 11 AM

Cristen Page, MD MPH
Executive Dean, UNC School of Medicine
William B. Aycock Distinguished Professor

Speakers from 2020-2021

Date and Time Speaker Title Slides
Sept. 16, 2020
@ 11:00am
Mark Holmes, PhD
Director, NC Rural Health Research Program
& Sheps Center
Professor, Health Policy and Management
Gillings School of Global Public Health
Current Issues in Rural Health (2020)
Oct. 21, 2020
@ 11:00am
Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc
Kenan Distinguished Professor of Social Medicine
Director, Center for Health Equity Research
Professor, Internal Medicine, UNC
Mysha Wynn, Executive Director, Project Momentum
Meredith Bazemore, Director, UNC Rural
Rural Partnerships and UNC
Nov. 18, 2020
@ 11:00am
Paul Delamater, PhD
Assistant Professor, Geography
Fellow, Carolina Population Center
Fellow, Cecil G. Sheps Center
Which Definition of Rurality Should I use?
Evaluation of Eight Federal Rural Definitions

Zoom Recording

Password: suy@u26i

December 9, 2020
@ 11:00 am

Alice Ammerman, DrPH
Mildred Kaufman Distinguished  Professor of Nutrition
Director of the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Eleanor Wertman, MPH
Community Health Program Manager
UNC Health Alliance


Chatham Food Hub:
Food Access and Economic Opportunity in a Pandemic
February 24, 2021
@10:00 AM

Lisa Spees, PhD
Assistant Professor, UNC Department of Health Policy and Management

Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center


Addressing Cancer-Related Financial Toxicity in Rural Oncology Care Settings
March 24, 2021
@11:00 AM

Tyler Malone, MS

PhD Student, UNC Department of Health Policy and Management


Predicting Hospital Choice for Rural Residents Seeking Elective Surgery


April 21, 2021
@ 11:00 AM

Margaret Sullivan, MD, MPH
Mission Women’s Care McDowell
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC)
Suzanne Dixon, MD


Rural Maternal Health


May 19, 2021
@11:00 AM
Jan Eberth, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Southern Carolina
Director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center
Cancer screening in rural America: access, uptake, and infrastructure



For more information contact: ncrural@schsr.unc.edu