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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.

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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

Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences. ​Exploring Rural and Urban Mortality Differences examines the impact of rurality on mortality and explores regional differences in mortality rates. More

2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook. In 2001, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published Health, United States, 2001 With Urban and Rural Health Chartbook.  The CDC Chartbook was widely used in directing rural health policy and programming and had not been updated since 2001. More

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

See all Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis projects

Headlines

All News

News Scientific American: Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America More
Posted: 3.7.2017 1:11PM
Published Research "Public Health Agency Accreditation among Rural Local Health Departments: Influencers and Barriers.", Beatty, K.E., Erwin, P.C., Brownson, R.C., Meit, M.B. and Fey, J., 2017 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 1.26.2017 11:10AM
Published Research "Local Health Departments as Clinical Safety Net in Rural Communities.", Hale, N.L., Klaiman, T., Beatty, K.E. and Meit, M.B., 2016 More
Posted: 7.6.2016 10:53AM
Published Research "The Double Disparity Facing Rural Local Health Departments.", Harris, J.K., Beatty, K., Leider, J.P., Knudson, A.D., Anderson, B.L. and Meit, M.B., 2016 More
Posted: 1.21.2016 10:02AM
Published Research "Farmers and Health Care Reform: A Challenge and Opportunity for Extension.", Inwood, S., Braun, B., Knudson, A.D., Parker, J. and Parsons, B., 2015 More
Posted: 6.2.2015 11:36AM
Published Research "The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative: Implications for Rural Physicians.", Infante, A.A., Meit, M.B. and Hargrave, E.A., 2010 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.21.2015 12:12PM
Published Research "Rural-Urban Disparities in Heart Disease.", Knudson, A.D., Meit, M.B. and Popat, S., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.21.2015 12:06PM
Published Research "The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook.", Meit, M.B., Knudson, A.D., Gilbert, T., Yu, T-C., Tanenbaum, E.R., Ormson, A.E., TenBroeck, S., Bayne, A.A., Popat, P., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.21.2015 12:03PM
Published Research "Impact of CAH Conversion on Hospital Finances and Mix of Inpatient Services.", Schoenman, J.A. and Sutton, J.P., 2008 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.20.2015 1:35PM
Published Research "An Examination of Public Health Financing in the United States.", Meit, M.B., Knudson, A.D., Dickman, I., Brown, A., Hernandez, N. and Kronstadt, J., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.9.2015 1:09PM
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
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 Prevent and Address Obesity in Rural Communities.", Harris Brewer, K. and Langerman, H., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 10.23.2013 1:40PM
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

News

News Maternal Health Care Is Disappearing in Rural America More
Posted: 3.7.2017 1:11PM
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

"Public Health Agency Accreditation among Rural Local Health Departments: Influencers and Barriers.", Beatty, K.E., Erwin, P.C., Brownson, R.C., Meit, M.B. and Fey, J., 2017 (forthcoming) More
Posted: 1.26.2017 11:10AM
"Local Health Departments as Clinical Safety Net in Rural Communities.", Hale, N.L., Klaiman, T., Beatty, K.E. and Meit, M.B., 2016 More
Posted: 7.6.2016 10:53AM
"The Double Disparity Facing Rural Local Health Departments.", Harris, J.K., Beatty, K., Leider, J.P., Knudson, A.D., Anderson, B.L. and Meit, M.B., 2016 More
Posted: 1.21.2016 10:02AM
"Farmers and Health Care Reform: A Challenge and Opportunity for Extension.", Inwood, S., Braun, B., Knudson, A.D., Parker, J. and Parsons, B., 2015 More
Posted: 6.2.2015 11:36AM
"The Physician Quality Reporting Initiative: Implications for Rural Physicians.", Infante, A.A., Meit, M.B. and Hargrave, E.A., 2010 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.21.2015 12:12PM
"Rural-Urban Disparities in Heart Disease.", Knudson, A.D., Meit, M.B. and Popat, S., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.21.2015 12:06PM
"The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook.", Meit, M.B., Knudson, A.D., Gilbert, T., Yu, T-C., Tanenbaum, E.R., Ormson, A.E., TenBroeck, S., Bayne, A.A., Popat, P., 2014 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.21.2015 12:03PM
"Impact of CAH Conversion on Hospital Finances and Mix of Inpatient Services.", Schoenman, J.A. and Sutton, J.P., 2008 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.20.2015 1:35PM
"An Examination of Public Health Financing in the United States.", Meit, M.B., Knudson, A.D., Dickman, I., Brown, A., Hernandez, N. and Kronstadt, J., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 4.9.2015 1:09PM
"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 Prevent and Address Obesity in Rural Communities.", Harris Brewer, K. and Langerman, H., 2013 Download the PDF
Posted: 10.23.2013 1:40PM
"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

Job Postings

Contacts

Michael Meit

(301) 634-9324

Alana D. Knudson

(301) 634-9326

Senior Staff