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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
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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