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.  Of current importance are our Rural Healthy People 2020 volumes.

Current Project Areas:

  • Long-term care, aging and disability policy
  • Colon cancer disparities
  • Diabetes disparities
  • Maternal, child and infant health
  • Examining the legal landscape in rural America: Implications for healthcare workforce, access to care, and population health



                                  Texas A&M Receives $2.8 Million from HHS-HRSA

                            to Research Critical Health Issues Facing Rural America

The Texas A&M Southwest Rural Health research Center (SRHRC) at the Texas A&M School of Public Health (founded in 2000) was awarded a 4-year, $2.8 million dollar grant as one of seven cooperative research center agreements funded nationally by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to research critical health issues facing rural populations in our country.

Led by Jane N. Bolin, BSN, JD, PhD, SRHRC director, timely, cutting-edge research will be conducted by multidisciplinary teams across all departments of the School of Public Health.

"This is very important not only for Texas A&M University Health Science Center, but also for the state of Texas and the nation as a whole," Bolin said. "Critical health research issues that were proposed include access to health insurance, maternal-child health, chronic diseases, overdose and addiction, environmental exposures and health information technology."

The center will be addressing, among other things, the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) rating areas on the rural health insurance marketplace; rural prescription drug (opioid) use and abuse, including behavioral health consequences; rural health information technology (HIT) and eHealth; maternal, child and infantry poverty and rural-urban health disparities in breastfeeding; and rural environmental health contaminants and exposures in children.

The Center is the home of Rural Healthy People 2010 and during this past year, released the much-anticipated update Rural Healthy Peope 2020, a companion document to Healthy People 2020. To receive a free electronic or hardcopy version, visit

Press release by Rae Lynn Mitchell