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Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis

The Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis' mission is to conduct timely policy analysis, research and evaluation that address the needs of policy makers, 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 Research department.

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Access to Health Care
Public Health Systems and Services Research
Quality
Emergency Preparedness and Resilience
Medicare and Medicaid
Workforce Issues
Health Information Technology
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Tribal Health
Evaluation and Program Assessment
Veterans Health
Health Services Research

Representative Projects

Oral Health Evidence Based Models Toolkit. Oral health disparities exist in rural communities related to access to care, utilization of services, and outcomes. As a result, rural communities across the U.S. are developing oral health programs that build oral health infrastructure and capacity to reduce the prevalence and impact of oral disease, enhance access to care, and eliminate disparities. More

Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center. The NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health partnered to establish the Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center (RHR-PRC), one of seven rural health research centers funded by the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. More

Effective Strategies for Achieving HIPAA Compliance Among Rural Hospitals. This project examines the impact of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 transactions and privacy standards on rural hospitals. More

A Profile of Tribal Health Departments. With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and in partnership with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), NORC analyzed data from NIHB’s Tribal Public Health Capacity Assessment (TPHCA) conducted in 2009, to explore how Tribal health departments play a role in improving health status and reducing health disparities.  More

Frontier Community Health Integration Demonstration. ​For the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, NORC and IMPAQ International are designing and evaluating demonstration models with Rural Hospital Flexibility grantees in four states.  More

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Published Research "Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program Evaluation: Interim Report.", Meit, M.B., Hafford, C., Meyer, K., Knudson, A.D., Levintow, S., Gilbert, T., Langerman, H. and Alfaro, J., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.10.2014 10:42AM
Job Posting Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Job Posting Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM
Press Release Rural Assistance Center and Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis Launch Rural Care Coordination Toolkit More
Posted: 2.6.2014 2:52PM
Published Research "Promising Practices to Improve Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Communities.", Bayne, A.I., Knudson, A.D., Garg, A. and Kassahun, M., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 8.27.2013 9:41AM
Published Research "Rural Health Workforce Development Program: Providing On-the-Job Training for New Rural Nurses.", NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis; Rural Health Research Center, University of Minnesota, 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.26.2013 2:08PM
Published Research "Rural Health Workforce Development Program: Giving Medical Students the Opportunity to Experience Practicing in Rural Maine.", NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis; Rural Health Research Center, University of Minnesota, 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.26.2013 2:06PM
Published Research "Marriage and End-Stage Renal Disease: Implications for African Americans.", Shortridge, E.F. and James, C.V., 2010 More
Posted: 1.28.2013 3:35PM
Published Research "State Public Health Agency Classification: Understanding the Relationship between State and Local Public Health.", Meit, M.B., Kronstadt, J., Brown, A., Pearsol, J., Sellers, K., Barbacci, K., Dickey, M., Chuk, M., and Leep, C., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.26.2012 10:19AM
Published Research "Governance Typology: A Consensus Classification of State-Local Health Department Relationships.", Meit, M.B., Sellers, K., Kronstadt, J., Lawhorn, N., Brown, A., Liss-Levinson, R., Pearsol, J. and Jarris, P.E., 2012 More
Posted: 10.9.2012 9:51AM
Published Research "A Profile of Tribal Health Departments: Final Report.", Knudson, A.D., Hernandez, A., Kronstadt, J., Allis, P., Meit, M.B., Popat, S., Klug, M.G. and Francis, C., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 8.13.2012 11:39AM
Published Research "A Profile of Tribal Health Departments.", Knudson, A.D., Hernandez, A., Kronstadt, J., Allis, P., Meit, M.B., Popat, S., Klug, M.G. and Francis, C. , 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 8.13.2012 11:32AM
Published Research "Establishing and Maintaining Public Health Infrastructure in Rural Communities.", Meit, M.B. and Hernandez, N., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.15.2012 10:22AM
Published Research "Establishing and Maintaining Rural Public Health Infrastructure.", Meit, M.B., Hernandez, N. and Kronstadt, J., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.15.2012 10:12AM
Published Research "Promising Practices for Rural Community Health Worker Programs.", Infante, A.A., Knudson, A.D. and Brown, A., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.16.2012 9:28AM

News

Press Release Rural Assistance Center and Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis Launch Rural Care Coordination Toolkit More
Posted: 2.6.2014 2:52PM

Events

Publications

"Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program Evaluation: Interim Report.", Meit, M.B., Hafford, C., Meyer, K., Knudson, A.D., Levintow, S., Gilbert, T., Langerman, H. and Alfaro, J., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.10.2014 10:42AM
"Promising Practices to Improve Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Communities.", Bayne, A.I., Knudson, A.D., Garg, A. and Kassahun, M., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 8.27.2013 9:41AM
"Rural Health Workforce Development Program: Providing On-the-Job Training for New Rural Nurses.", NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis; Rural Health Research Center, University of Minnesota, 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.26.2013 2:08PM
"Rural Health Workforce Development Program: Giving Medical Students the Opportunity to Experience Practicing in Rural Maine.", NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis; Rural Health Research Center, University of Minnesota, 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.26.2013 2:06PM
"Marriage and End-Stage Renal Disease: Implications for African Americans.", Shortridge, E.F. and James, C.V., 2010 More
Posted: 1.28.2013 3:35PM
"State Public Health Agency Classification: Understanding the Relationship between State and Local Public Health.", Meit, M.B., Kronstadt, J., Brown, A., Pearsol, J., Sellers, K., Barbacci, K., Dickey, M., Chuk, M., and Leep, C., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 12.26.2012 10:19AM
"Governance Typology: A Consensus Classification of State-Local Health Department Relationships.", Meit, M.B., Sellers, K., Kronstadt, J., Lawhorn, N., Brown, A., Liss-Levinson, R., Pearsol, J. and Jarris, P.E., 2012 More
Posted: 10.9.2012 9:51AM
"A Profile of Tribal Health Departments: Final Report.", Knudson, A.D., Hernandez, A., Kronstadt, J., Allis, P., Meit, M.B., Popat, S., Klug, M.G. and Francis, C., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 8.13.2012 11:39AM
"A Profile of Tribal Health Departments.", Knudson, A.D., Hernandez, A., Kronstadt, J., Allis, P., Meit, M.B., Popat, S., Klug, M.G. and Francis, C. , 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 8.13.2012 11:32AM
"Establishing and Maintaining Public Health Infrastructure in Rural Communities.", Meit, M.B. and Hernandez, N., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.15.2012 10:22AM
"Establishing and Maintaining Rural Public Health Infrastructure.", Meit, M.B., Hernandez, N. and Kronstadt, J., 2012 Download the PDF
Posted: 6.15.2012 10:12AM
"Promising Practices for Rural Community Health Worker Programs.", Infante, A.A., Knudson, A.D. and Brown, A., 2011 Download the PDF
Posted: 2.16.2012 9:28AM
"Experiences of Critical Access Hospitals in the Provision of Emergency Medical Services.", Sutton, J.P. and Eichner, J.S., 2008 Download the PDF
Posted: 10.26.2011 12:12PM
"Alternatives to the Outpatient Prospective Payment System: Assessing the Impact on Rural Hospitals.", Pagan-Sutton, J., Schur, C.L. and Merrell, K., 2010 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.26.2011 7:08PM
"Use of Emergency Departments for Conditions Related to Poor Oral Health Care.", Shortridge, E.F. and Moore, J.R., 2010 Download the PDF
Posted: 7.26.2011 7:08PM

Job Postings

Programmer Analyst (SAS, Blaise) - Survey Research More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:13PM
Communications Specialist – Website Design and Promotion More
Posted: 4.16.2014 5:12PM