Southwest Rural Health Research Center
Director: Alva O. Ferdinand, DrPH, JD
Board of Regents Approval: July 22, 2005
The Southwest Rural Health Research Center (SRHRC) was established, and originally funded, in 2000 as a Rural Health Research Center by the Health Resources and Services Administration Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). The mission of the SRHRC is to conduct policy-relevant research focused on understanding and addressing the health needs of rural and underserved populations, including reducing health disparities, and improving capacity of rural health systems to deliver services.
Research projects have focused on chronic disease (including diabetes), mental health and substance abuse services, community health worker roles, intimate partner violence, emergency preparedness, Medicaid policy, long-term care, professional shortages, reducing barriers to cancer screenings, and the development of Rural Healthy People 2010 and 2020-companion documents to Healthy People 2010 and 2020.