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 Announces the Passing of its Founding Director, Dr. Michael E. Samuels

It is with deep sorrow that the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center announces the passing of its founding Director, Dr. Michael E. Samuels.

Dr. Samuels, subsequent to service with the US Navy, had an outstanding public health career and a pronounced effect on rural health across the US. Early in his career with the US Department of Health and Human Services, he obtained the legislative authority and implemented the Health Underserved Rural Areas Research Program in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), predecessor to the current Office of Rural Health Policy. In recent years, Dr. Samuels received both the Distinguished Research Award (2002) and the Distinguished Educator Award (2010) of the National Rural Health Association, as well as the C. Everett Koop Medal of Appreciation from the Koop Institute (2005).

Dr. Samuels’ passion for social justice motivated a long career in public health administration and public health education. Throughout that time, he never stopped fighting for equitable health care for rural poor, underserved and minority populations. We honor his memory and are inspired further to continue his work.

SCRHRC Responds to MedPAC Suggestion that Rural Medicare Supports Are Too Broad

In the November, 2013 issue of Health Affairs, Jeffrey Stensland and associates from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission published an analysis of use of services by rural and urban Medicare beneficiaries http://content.healthaffairs.org/content/32/11/2040.abstract. The authors suggest that rural and urban beneficiaries generally have similar levels of access and satisfaction. Because of this approximate equality, they conclude that financial supports to rural providers are no longer broadly needed and should be restricted to specific target areas.

The SCRHRC believes that the conclusion that rural programs are no longer needed is based on flawed assumptions and does not fully consider all of the populations affected. Our response to the article by Stensland and associates is now available on the Health Affairs site [Link here]. While only one author is noted, all SCRHRC senior faculty participated in developing this assessment (Bennett, Glover, Martin, Probst).

The SC Rural Health Research Center's HRSA Oral Health Workforce Grant Received Mention in ASPPH's Friday Letter

The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) is the voice of accredited public health education, representing member schools and programs accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).

The SC Rural Health Research Center's HRSA Oral Health Workforce Grant received mention in ASPPH's Friday Letter (see link below). As part of the grant 7 rural communities in South Carolina will receive funding to update water fluoridation equipment and will receive advocacy training on water fluoridation. The Darlington County Water and Sewer Authority was the first recipient of a community award.

Here is link of the ASPPH's Friday Letter:

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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..


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 include minority children, .... Read more...

Rural Border Health Chartbook

Our chartbook describes select indicators related to access to care, women’s preventive services, oral
health, infectious and interventions....

HIV/AIDS in Rural America

The report represents an initial attempt to portray the distribution of patients and services across the rural-urban continuum. Read more...