|The National Rural Health Association has named the Center's
scientist Dr. Janice Probst its 2008 Outstanding Researcher.
"I'm surprised and totally delighted to have been selected
for this award," Probst said. "Rural health and rural people
have been important to me for a long time, and it is very
exciting and uplifting to see that folks have noticed our
efforts. I'm extremely fortunate to have been able to work with
lots of wonderful, talented colleagues and students across my
career, and their knowledge, questions and encouragement are
really behind any and everything that's in 'my' research."
Probst is also associate professor and interim chair of the
Department of Health Services Policy and Management at Arnold
School of Public Health.
She has been a major contributor to health services research
at the national and state levels for more than 30 years. She was
one of the first rural health researchers to utilize economic
arguments to make a case for rural hospital support. She has
addressed disparities experienced by rural minority populations
from maternity care through childhood and adulthood with studies
ranging from access to care to use of mental health services.
Her forthcoming work addresses how rural hospitals are
handling low English proficiency Hispanic patients and the
contribution of community health centers and rural clinics on
access to effective primary care. "Dr. Probst's example has
drawn other researchers to the field of rural health, and her
mentorship has inspired many to pursue the topic of health
disparities," says NRHA CEO Alan Morgan. "Her passion will no
doubt continue to blaze the trail of rural health research." The
Outstanding Researcher award will be presented during the NRHA Annual Conference on
May 9 in New Orleans, LA.