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.

Dr. Elizabeth Crouch and Dr. Beth Radcliff attended the South Carolina Home Visiting Summit

Dr. Crouch and Dr. Radcliff attended the South Carolina Home Visiting Summit and participated in the poster session sharing information on the South Carolina Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program Evaluations.

Rural Health Researchers Talk About Research and the Rural Health Research Gateway

The Rural Health Research Gateway just released a series of videos featuring rural health researchers talking about the importance of rural health research. The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center researchers Dr. Janice Probst, Dr. Jan Eberth and Dr. Kevin Bennett are featuring in the video. You can watch all the video series here at the Youtube

New! SCRHRC Releases New Report: The Changing Rural Landscape, 2000ž-2010

Our overall findings suggest that rural America experienced the recession that ended the 2000-2010 decade more severely than did urban America. Loss of income, declining population and reduced health care resources marked the period for most rural counties. Rural counties will need continued monitoring in the present decade to ascertain whether these adverse trends continue and to identify any policy approaches that can serve to ameliorate losses in health care services. Click here to read the findings brief.

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau Features SCRHRC Research into Rural Children

A recent DataSpeak webinar from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau features SCRHRC research into rural children, presented by Dr. Jan Probst. Other presenters include Dr. Alana Knudson of the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis for NORC and Dr. Steve Holve, chief clinical consultant in pediatrics for the Indian Health Service. Here is the link to the webinar:

SCRHRC Releases New Report: Colonoscopy Access and Utilization -ן“ Rural Disparities in the Carolinas, 2001- 2010

This report illustrates key findings from a study using ambulatory surgery discharge data from NC and SC from 2001-2010. Details concerning the methods used in the report are provided in the Appendix. In the sections that follow, we describe the geographic distribution of colonoscopy providers in the Carolinas, estimate colonoscopy utilization in urban and rural populations, and explore where patients seek their care based on the availability of providers in their county.. Click here to read the findings brief.

SCRHRC Releases New Report: Rural-Urban Differences in Anticipated Need for Aging-Related Assistance

As the U.S. population ages, more adults will require assistance with activities of daily living. However, a person's beliefs and expectations about future needs and how these needs will be met may vary between rural and urban pre-retirement aged adults. This project analyzed nationally representative data from the 2011 and 2012 National Health Interview Survey to ascertain how rural and urban adults aged 40-64 view their future needs and coping. Click here to read the findings brief.

Fozia Ajmal Presenting at Academy Heath

Doctorial Candediate Fozia Ajmal is presenting her original research work at the 2016 Annual Research Meeting of AcademyHealth, Boston, MA. She also just published a research paper with Dr. Probst and Dr. Bennett titled: Geographic disparities in mortality among the end stage renal disease patients: an analysis of the United States Renal Data System, 2007'“08 at Journal of Nephrology. Congratulations Fozia!

The Post and Courier Editorial: Solving Rural South Carolina'™s Oral Health Crisis

The Post and Courier Editorial just issued the article " Solving Rural South Carolina's Oral Health Crisis" by Dr. Sean Boynes, Dr. Amy Martin and Melinda A. Merrell. "In South Carolina, there are nearly 80 of these areas, which often are in rural communities. This disparity is making a measured impact on our state'™s oral health across all ages, but particularly with children. As an example, while the 2013 South Carolina Oral Health Needs Assessment demonstrated improvements across baseline measures ..." Click here to read the article.

SCRHRC Director Janice Probst was named NRHA'™s Volunteer of the Year

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is proud to announce 2016 Rural Health Award recipients during NRHA's 39th Annual Rural Health Conference, May 13, 2016. Janice Probst, PhD, director of SCRHRC, was named NRHA's Volunteer of the Year by NRHA staff for going above and beyond to help NRHA meet its mission. Click here to read the announcement or watch the announcement video from NRHA Youtube Channel.

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New! Ambulatory Care's Sensitive Condition Hospitalizations Among Medicare Beneficiaries, by Dr. Yu-Hsiu Lin, Dr. Jan Eberth and Dr. Probst

The American Journal of Preventive Medicine just published this study that examined the association between the distribution of primary care physicians and Medicare beneficiaries's ambulatory care sensitive condition hospitalizations using both statistical and spatial analyses.

Thirty-Day Readmission Rates Among Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries, By Dr. Bennett and Dr. Probst

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.


New! Colonoscopy Access and Utilization Rural Disparities in the Carolinas, 2001-2010

The American Cancer Society has stated that colorectal cancer screening has the ability to prevent 65% of all colorectal cancer cases; however, only 59% of eligible individuals are up to date with their screening. .... Read more

New! Rural-Urban Differences in Anticipated Need for Aging- Related Assistance

Experts note that as the U.S. population ages, increasing numbers of persons will require assistance with activities of daily living. Less clear, however, is how members of the general public view their own future needs. .... Read more

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