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Arnold School of Public Health

Current Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Projects

Using the 2016 National Survey of Children's Health, spatial multilevel models will be constructed to estimate county-and Census tract-level rates of childhood obesity in the US. Particular emphasis will be placed on rural areas, for which direct estimates are often unavailable because of small sample sizes in population-based surveys. 

Lead Researcher: Jan M. Eberth, PhD

Anticipated Completion Date: December 2019

The Rural Colon and Cervical Cancer Environmental Scan will use a mix of quantitative and qualitative techniques to identify opportunities for improving cancer screening uptake, follow-up of abnormal screening results, and timeliness and quality of treatment received among rural residents in South Carolina. Study methods will include on-site observation of routine care in various rural provider settings, consultations with physicians, insurers and patients, claims based analysis, and mapping of cancer outcomes and healthcare service points.

Lead Researcher: Jan Eberth, PhD

Anticipated Completion Date: Aims 1 and 2 December 2019; Aims 3 and 4 January 2020

Rural Health Research Center teams have not been strongly represented at cancer-focused research meetings. To address this gap, the Rural and Minority Health Research Center will serve as a facilitator for promoting meeting attendance by Federal Office of Rural Health Policy-funded Rural Health Research Centers.

Lead Researcher: Elizabeth Crouch, PhD

Anticipated Completion Date: October 2019


This project aims to understand how rural hospitals implement evidence-based cancer screening and treatment and related intervention strategies. We will identify what types of cancer screening are offered in rural hospitals, their diagnostic and treatment referral processes, and the extent to which surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy services are provided on-site or through affiliated ambulatory/outpatient surgery centers.

Lead Researcher: Peiyin Hung, PhD

Anticipated Completion Date: August 2020

This project will leverage growing collaborative efforts between the Rural and Minority Health Research Center (RMHRC), SC Office of Rural Health, SC Primary Health Care Association, and SC Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare to assess and improve cancer prevention and control among rural SC residents. The project will involve three phases: (1) planning and adapting; (2) pilot testing; and (3) evaluation focused on increasing use of evidence-based (EB) strategies to increase colorectal and/or cervical cancer screening and initiation of timely, appropriate follow-up care as applicable, among patients served at Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) in South Carolina. Throughout the project period, we will use a flexible, iterative, and adaptive approach to ensure our efforts maximize existing statewide efforts

Lead Researcher: Jan M. Eberth, PhD

Anticipated Completion Date: August 2020 


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