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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: August 2019

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: August 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 September 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: August 2019







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