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.

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 like untreated decay and treatment urgency needs..." Click here to continue 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 its 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. "A longstanding member, Probst has served on NRHA’s Journal of Rural Health board for more than six years. She has also been an integral part of the NRHA’s Rural Community Health Worker Training Program as she leads the evaluation efforts to help NRHA develop and implement a sound model for improving health outcomes." Click here to continue to read the announcement or watch the announcement video from NRHA Youtube Channel.

Rural Health Research Gateway Launches New Website

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). Dr. 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 couldn'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.

SCRHRC Celebrates 15 Years

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 ... 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. 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.

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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..


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 ןž � ’ןž � ”but Not All Rural Counties are Deprived

The study found that rural counties are disproportionality represented among the most deprived ןž � ”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.