Rural Health Research Programs

The Research Centers Program is the only Federal research program entirely dedicated to producing policy-relevant research on health care and population health in rural areas. Each Research Center has its own identity (although it may be part of a larger organization), website, and core staff that include a disciplinary mix of health services research, epidemiology, public health, geography, medicine, and mental health. Over the four-year award cycle, each Research Center develops a portfolio of several research projects per year in conjunction with input from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and other experts.

To strengthen the dissemination of research results, the Rural Health Research Gateway exit disclaimer icon was launched in early 2006. The Gateway is a “one stop shop” for the Research Centers providing easy access to projects funded by ORHP and summaries of research in progress. The Gateway’s Research Alerts provide e-mail updates when new publications become available.

Data collection and analysis is essential to understanding the challenges in rural communities, how those communities are impacted by policy and setting policy for the future. For this reason, the work of the Rural Health Research Centers informs that of FORHP’s policy team and vice versa.

Frontier Community Health Integration Project

Rapid Response to Requests for Data Analysis

Rural Health Clinic Policy and Clinical Assessment

Rural Health Research Dissemination Cooperative Agreement

Rural Health Research Grant Program

Rural Health Value Program

Rural Policy Analysis Cooperative Agreement

Telehealth Focused Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement

Date Last Reviewed:  May 2019