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The Southwest Rural Health Research Center (SRHRC) is nationally recognized and funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The center was established to address the needs of rural and underserved populations across Texas and the nation by bringing together a unique combination of faculty expertise in health policy, health economics, aging, long-term care, health law, epidemiology and biostatistics and chronic disease.

Current Center Projects

Trends and Predictors of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Light of the Opioid Crisis

 opioid crisisThis project explores trends in the burden of HIV and the predictors of HIV-related mortality and morbidity, particulary considering geographic regions, residence along the urban-rural continum, and recent trends in opioid use disorder (OUD). Learn more »

Predictors and Barriers to Achieving Immunization in Rural and Urban Areas

immunizationPrenatal and timely childhood immunizations offer the optimal strategy for preventing severe morbidity and mortality due to vaccine preventable disease. This project aims to evaluate possible gaps in immunization services for pregnant women and their infants in rural areas as compared to urban areas. Learn more »

Variations in Travel Burdens Associated with Access to Care Between Rural & Urban Residents

travelThe purpose of this project is to conduct an examination of urban versus rural disparities in travel to care patterns in the United States. Our project focuses on geographic access to medical and dental care, recognizing that burdensome travel times and distances can hinder individuals from obtaining necessary care. Learn more »

Trends in Preterm Birth by Rural Status in the U.S.

pre-term birthThis project will determine rates of preterm birth by rural versus urban residence and across census regions. The project will also examine the relationship between preterm birth and maternal characteristics, including race and ethnicity as well as pregnancy complications, among women who live in counties with different levels of rural versus urban residence. Learn more »


Other SRHRC Programs

Texas Cancer Screening, Training, Education, and Prevention (C-Step)


Diabetes Education Diosk

Rural Healthy People 2020

Some of the distinctive cultural, social, economic and geographic characteristics that define rural America place rural populations at greater risk for a myriad of diseases and health disorders. It is this recognition of the unique health challenges faced by rural America that served as the impetus for Rural Healthy People 2020.

This highly requested update to the 2010 version ( Rural Healthy People 2010: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2010) is a one-of-a-kind national resource providing federal and state health policy planners with valuable information, and rural leaders and health care providers with critical tools for responding to the needs of the communities they serve.

In these volumes, the top twenty most critical rural health priorities for the current decade – as identified by rural stakeholders – are discussed with accompanying literature reviews.

RHP2020 Volume 1

Volume 1 includes chapters on rural health priorities 1-10:

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  • Access to Quality Health Services
  • Nutrition and Weight Status
  • Diabetes
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Abuse
  • Heart Disease and Stroke
  • Physical Activity
  • Older Adults
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Tobacco Use

RHP2020 Volume 2

Volume 2 includes chapters on rural health priorities 10-20:

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  • Cancer
  • Health Education
  • Oral Health
  • Quality of Life
  • Immunizations, Infectious Diseases
  • Public Health Infrastructure
  • Sexual Health and Family Planning
  • Injury and Violence Prevention
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Information Technology