Southwest Rural Health Research Center
Director: Jane N. Bolin, RN, JD, PhD
Board of Regents Approval: July 22, 2005
Phone: 979-436-9468 or 979-436-9466
The Southwest Rural Health Research Center was established in 2000 as one of only six federally funded research centers by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The center focuses on conducting policy relevant research on meeting the needs of special rural populations, minority populations and health disparities (including border populations), and rural systems building.
Research projects have focused on chronic disease management, mental health and substance abuse services, community health workers (promotora), medical policy, quality differences in rural and urban nursing homes and assisted living centers, professional shortages, mental health and substance abuse services, and the development of Rural Healthy People 2010 and 2020-companion documents to Healthy People 2010 and 2020.