Southwest Rural Health Research Center

The Southwest Rural Health Research Center (SRHRC) is a nationally funded and recognized center established more than a decade ago to address the needs of rural and underserved populations across Texas and the nation. The SRHRC comprises a unique combination of faculty expertise in health policy, health economics, aging, long-term care, health law, epidemiology and biostatistics, and chronic disease.

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Rural Health Research Gateway

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.

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

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