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Welcome to the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center

We focus on investigating persistent inequities in health status within the population of the rural US, with an emphasis on inequities stemming from socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, and access to healthcare services.

We strive to make our research findings useful to organizations and individuals working to improve the quality of life for rural residents.

The Center allows us to build on and expand our ongoing cooperative research partnerships with other key organizations - government, academia, health services delivery and the rural community who can join our quest to improve the health of rural Americans.



Aspiring Rural Health Expert and HSPM Doctoral Candidate Matthew Yuen Wins S.C. IMPH Outstanding Student Abstract Award at SCPHA

Yuen came to the University of South Carolina to earn a Ph.D. in Health Services Policy and Management so he could work with mentors Janice Probst (HSPM Professor) and Kevin Bennett (Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and HSPM Alumnus). €œDr. Probst and Dr. Bennett are both well-known researchers in the field of rural health research, he says. "When they gave me an opportunity to work at the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center with the promise of getting hands-on experience, it was an opportunity I couldnג€™t say no to." Continue to read here...



SCRHRC Staff Members Present Gamecock Inspired Toothbrush at Positive Smile Campaign Event

DHEC'€™s Division of Oral Health and the SC Oral Health Coalition kicked off their Positive Smile Campaign in collaboration with the Marcus Lattimore Foundation by presenting Marcus with a large USC Gamecock inspired toothbrush provided by the SC Rural Health Research Center Staff members from the Center including Janie Godbold were on hand to present Marcus with the toothbrush.

This initiative will be led by former NFL and Gamecock football player Marcus Lattimore who will promote preventive oral health in S.C. schools using education and motivation. Elementary, middle and high school students will learn about the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day, choosing healthy snacks, staying away from tobacco products, drinking water instead of soda and sugary drinks and protecting smiles while playing sports.



SCRHRC Celebrates 15 Years



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SCRHRC Releases New Report: Role of Free Clinics in the Rural Safety Net

This brief explores two issues. First, we examine where free clinics are located and describe their availability in rural counties across all 50 states. This information was derived from clinic listings on the website of the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC). Second, through telephone interviews with leadership at 14 of the 21 state free clinic associations, we explore issues facing free clinics during the current period of change. Issues examined include perceived changes in demand subsequent to implementation of the Affordable Care Act and different funding models and strategies used by free clinics. ... Click here to read the Finding Brief.



SCRHRC Releases New Report: Post-Acute Stroke Care Delivery for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the leading cause of long-term disability in the United States. Post-discharge care has been shown to be vital in preventing long-term morbidity and improving functionality and quality of life for stroke patients.The most appropriate post-discharge rehabilitation care (PDRC) setting for stroke patients depends on several factors including the patient's clinical profile, patient preferences, provider recommendations, and proximity to available resources. Limited evidence suggests geographic as well as racial and ethnic disparities in receipt of PDRC. We sought to examine the following research questions... Click here to read the Finding Brief.



Rural Dually Eligible Beneficiaries Had Lower Readmission Rates Than Other Beneficiaries

Little has been published regarding dual-eligible beneficiaries readmission rates and factors affecting readmission. The August issue of The Journal of Rural Health published Thirty-Day Readmission Rates Among Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries, by Dr. Bennett and Dr. Probst of SCRHRC. Dual-eligibles had higher hospitalization and 30 day readmission rates than Medicare-only beneficiaries. Rural dually eligible beneficiaries had lower readmission rates than other beneficiaries, and they had a protective effect of physician follow up care. ... Click here to read the article.



SCRHRC Releases New Report: Area Deprivation is Higher Among Rural Counties but Not All Rural Counties are Deprived

This brief is the first of two in a series that provides policy makers and interested parties with information on the role of residence and community deprivation on potentially avoidable hospitalizations among children. This brief describes the development of the area deprivation index, examines area deprivation across all U.S. counties, and describes findings when applied to rates of potentially avoidable hospitalizations among a nine-state sample of children... Click here to read the report.



SCRHRC Releases New Report: The Intersection of Residence and Area Deprivation: The Case of Hospitalizations from Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions among Children

The passing and implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) ushered in a new era for the delivery of health services in the United States. The broad goals of expanding insurance coverage, controlling health care costs, and improving health care delivery system are ambitious and have implications for providers and the population. Observers have suggested that expanding insurance and decreasing financial barriers for receipt of health services will increase the demand for healthcare; simultaneously, the existing supply of providers remains constrained, as they struggle to accommodate new patients... Click here to read the report.

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RESEARCH SPOTLIGHT


New! Thirty-Day Readmission Rates Among Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries

Having a 30-day physician follow-up had differential effects in urban versus rural locations, yet rural residents had a higher rate of follow-up care. The Journal of Rural Health in the August 2015 issue helps to understand the impact of adequate follow-up care, and how rural populations are successful, would be beneficial to understand. Substantial savings could accrue if interventions reduced readmissions among dual-eligible beneficiaries

Defining the Rural HIV Epidemic

The publication of Defining the Rural HIV Epidemic: Correlations of 3 Definitions-South Carolina, 2005-2011 in The Journal of Rural Health in the December 2013 issue helps to gain a better understanding of the HIV epidemic in rural South Carolina.

Higher Risk of Death In Rural Blacks And Whites Than Urbanites

South Carolina Rural Health Research Center is pleased to announce the publication of Higher Risk Of Death In Rural Blacks And Whites Than Urbanites Is Related To Lower Incomes, Education, And Health Coverage in the October 2011 issue of Health Affairs..

FACT SHEET

New! Free Clinics in the Rural Safety Net, 2014

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) reduced the proportion of uninsured people in the US from 17.1% in 2014 to 12.9% in 2015. It was unclear what effect the increasing numbers of people covered by health insurance .... Read more

New! Post-discharge Rehabilitation Care Delivery for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries with Stroke

After hospital discharge, rehabilitation is essential to ensuring the best possible outcomes and quality of life among stroke survivors. Stroke survivors requiring rehabilitation services after hospital discharge .... Read more

New! Area Deprivation is Higher Among Rural Counties ’”but Not All Rural Counties are Deprived

The study found that rural counties are disproportionality represented among the most deprived ”but not all rural counties are deprived. ... Read more

New! The Intersection of Residence and Area Deprivation: The Case of Hospitalizations from Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions Among Children

Among children who were hospitalized for any reason, approximatley 24% of rural children and 25% of urban children were hospitalized for potentially preventable reasons ... Read more.




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