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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.

Dr. Probst Played a Profound Role in HSPM student Professional Development Who wins Outstanding Student Abstract Award

Sadiq'¬ôs most recent accomplishment is winning the Public Health Outstanding Student Abstract Award from the S.C. Institute of Medicine and Public Health at the annual meeting of the S.C. Public Health Association. Together with Professor Janice Probst, Sadiq found that home ownership was not associated with dental caries prevalence, but they did find that home owners were more likely to have had prior treatment for dental caries. As his mentor, Probst has played a profound role in Sadiq's professional development. "She has been very patient with me throughout my career, providing guidance at every step," he says. "She engaged me in various research activities in order to polish my skills as a researcher and as an academician, and I feel so lucky to have a mentor like Dr. Probst." Read full news here.

Dr. Probst, Director of SCRHRC Served as A Consultant for The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy

While SCRHRC messages generally feature our own Center’s work, in this case we would like to highlight an important report for which Dr. Jan Probst, Director, served as a consultant.  The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy recently released a new report, “Sex in the (Non) City: Why Rates of Teen Childbearing Are Higher in Rural Areas”  Given the potential life-long consequences of early, unplanned pregnancy for rural youth,  this particular rural disparity can replicate itself over generations.  We encourage our rural health colleagues to examine the National Campaign’s analysis and recommendations for possible use in their own communities.  

Abbeville Paramedics Make Non-Emergency Housecalls

The small town of Abbeville, South Carolina is the test site of a program to help the sick and uninsured inthe state. With a Duke Endowment grant secured by the Abbeville Area Medical Center, and evaluated by the University of South Carolina's Rural Health Research Center, Abbeville paramedics are now making non-emergency housecalls on patients with chronic diseases. You can watch the video clip by clicking the picture above or visit .

SCRHR Staff Present A Poster at NRHA's Multiracial and Multicultural Conference

Dr. Grishma Bhavsar, Dr. Jan Probst and Karen Herman all of the SC Rural Health Research Center present a poster at NRHA's Multiracial and Multicultural Conference in Philadelphia, PA.

SCRHRC Releases New Report: Intensity of Service Provision for Medicare Beneficiaries Utilizing Home Health Services

Medicare pays for home health (HH) services for beneficiaries who are homebound or for whom travel for care would be difficult or detrimental to health. These HH services are paid on a per-episode basis with an episode consisting of all services provided over a 60-day period. Each episode or claim can entail a varying number of visits; payment is adjusted to account for large differences in the number of visits. Patients with ongoing problems can receive more than one episode of care.

Contact Dr. Medha Iyer
Phone: 803-251-6317

SCRHRC Releases Releases Border Health Chartbook II

The forty-four U.S. counties in states that adjoin the border with Mexico (Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas) share many health concerns with corresponding counties in Mexico. The U.S.-Mexico Border Health Commission established health goals for the region, in which eight of ten leading causes of death are the same across both countries.[1] Within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Rural Health Policy is responsible for facilitating intra-agency border health activities and addressing collaboration across programs to leverage resources and services of the Health resources and Services Administration along the border. The chartbook presents a cross-sectional analysis of border counties, urban and rural, comparing these counties to other counties within the four border states and to rural and urban counties in the rest of the U.S.

Contact Dr. Janice Probst
Phone: 803-251-6317

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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..


Intensity of Service Provision for Medicare Beneficiaries

The reported examined the intensity of HH services per episode (number of visits and types of provider) and median payments per episode across levels of rurality .... Read more

Rural Border Health Chartbook II

The chartbook presents a cross-sectional analysis of border counties, urban and rural, comparing these counties to other counties within the four border states and to .... Read more

Differences in Case-Mix between Rural and Urban Recipients

Home health care is both an important part of the care continuum for Medicare beneficiaries and, .... Read more

Home Health Care Agency Availability in Rural Counties

We used Medicare Compare Home Health Agency files for 2008 to examine two aspects of home health care (HHC) ... Read more...

Racial and Rural Differences in Cervical Cancer Prevention

We examined differences in receipt of cervical cancer screening and HPV vaccination .... Read more...

Dental Sealant Among Childern

Children at greatest risk of subsequent decay because they lack dental sealants .... Read more.