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Arnold School of Public Health

Current Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Projects




This project will compile information for the U.S. Census, the Area Health Resource File, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation county rankings data set into a comprehensive summary of key social determinants of health among rural populations: demographic characteristics, health facility availability, and selected health outcomes.

Lead Researcher: Janice C. Probst, PhD

Anticipated Completion Date: July 2018

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) have been key safety net providers since the program was initiated.  However, many rural communities lack this resource.  Expanding on the index of relative rural deprivation developed by the SCRHRC, we will identify high-need rural counties that currently are not served by an FQHC or similar provider. 

Lead Researcher: Janice C. Probst, PhD

Anticipated Completion Date: June 2018

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: September 2018

In this study, we propose to create an obesogenic environment score for all US counties and Census tracts, explore urban versus rural differences in obesogenic environment scores, and examine associations between obesogenic environments in childhood obesity overall and by level of rurality.

Lead Researcher: Andrew Kaczynski, PhD

Anticipated Completion Date: September 2018

This project will examine the current distribution of nurses, subset by educational attainment, across the rural US using data from Census Public Use Microfiles.  Then a survey of the approximately 750 RN-to-BSN educational programs across the US to identify the proportion of programs offering rural content or facilitating rural placement.  

Lead Researcher: Janice C. Probst, PhD

Anticipated Completion Date: September 2018

Although a quarter of all registered nurses work in ambulatory care settings, little research has addressed the factors associated with their remaining in the profession and current job settings. The current study will survey a sample of rural and urban nurses to ascertain perceived facilitators and barriers to remaining in rural practice.    

Lead Researcher: Selina Hunt-McKinney, PhD, APRN, P/MHNP-BC

Anticipated Completion Date: September 2018