Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis

NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis (NORC) was established in 1996 by Project HOPE and transferred to NORC at the University of Chicago in 2003 to study policy issues affecting health care and health status in rural America. The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis' mission is to conduct timely policy analysis, research and evaluation that address the needs of policy makers, the health care workforce, and the public on issues that affect health care and public health in rural America.

The Center is named in honor of William B. Walsh, M.D., whose lifelong mission was to bring health care to under-served and hard-to-reach populations. Founded in 1996 by Project Hope, the Walsh Center is now part of NORC’s Public Health department and focuses on a wide array of issues affecting rural providers and residents, including Medicare payment policies, access to care, health care quality, public health systems, emergency preparedness, health status, rural health workforce, and health information technology.

Featured Resource

The National Opioid Misuse Community Assessment Tool

The National Opioid Misuse Community Assessment Tool, an interactive data visualization released by NORC at the University of Chicago and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, integrates overdose mortality rates for counties in each of the 50 states with data on unemployment, poverty, and disability, among others. Users can compare county-level information to the rest of their state and to the nation and see a visual representation of how the data has changed over time.

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The NORC Walsh Center for Rual Health Analysis

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Tribal Health and Human Services

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