Community health worker helping a woman read a food label on a can

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

Meeting Healthy People 2020 Mortality Objectives

 ruralNational study examining rural versus urban differences and disparities in how the U.S. is meeting the Healthy People 2020 mortality objectives for the top 10 leading causes of death. Learn more »

Community Health Worker Roles

communityhealthworkerWe're examining the role of Community Health Workers in improving access to health care services in rural and urban environments. Learn more »

Emergency Preparedness

nursing student checking a patient with her stethoscope Capturing data showing how disasters affect long- term care services and patient experiences in rural areas. Learn more »

Intimate Partner Violence

a woman clasping her hands wearing a wedding ring Studying rural-urban disparities in the prevalence of intimate partner violence-related hospitalizations. 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