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Supporting the health and well-being of rural Americans.

Roughly one in five Americans lives in rural areas, where they produce much of this country’s drinking water, food, and energy. Protecting their health is a unique and vital challenge The Walsh Center’s researchers partner with residents, health providers, public health departments, and other organizations committed to improving rural health.

We examine such subjects as access to care, emergency preparedness, mental health, Medicare payment policies, tribal medicine, veterans’ health, and the rural health workforce.

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Walsh Center Staff

Discover Our Research

We go the extra mile to examine health care issues off the beaten path.

Appalachian Overdose Mapping Tool

An online tool enables sophisticated analysis of opioid crisis in Appalachia


Appalachian Regional Commission

Community Health Toolkits for Rural America

Evidence-based approaches for building effective rural community health programs


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration

Rural Emergency Preparedness & Response Toolkit

Supporting disaster planning, response, and recovery efforts in rural America


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration

Evaluation of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model

Assessing efforts to improve the financial health of rural hospitals and maintain access to care


Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Improving Rural Health Care Delivery in Maryland’s Mid-Shore Region

Developing innovative health care delivery models with the University of Maryland


Maryland Health Care Commission