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College of Nursing

Health Equity and Rural Health

Health Equity and Rural Health

Higher rates of chronic illness and poor overall health are found in rural communities when compared to urban populations. Health equity and rural research works to reduce health disparities and improve the health and overall well-being of rural America. 


  • Factors related to obesity in rural adults
  • Relationships between obesity and health outcomes
  • Psychosocial determinants of health 
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Community-based participatory research
  • Patient centered research
  • Impact of comorbidities on patient outcomes following major trauma 
  • Access to post-acute rehabilitation services after injury 
  • Socioeconomic determinants of injury risk and recovery 
  • Quality metrics for evaluating trauma care
  • Health disparities in vulnerable populations
  • Communication processes
  • Health disparities
  • Health disparities 
  • Access to cancer care
  • Cancer survivorship
  • Outcomes research
  • Improving physical activity and nutrition in African-American women
  • Components to rest: mental, physical and spiritual
  • LGBT health disparities
  • Cultural diversity
  • Violence/victimization
  • Treatment adherence 
  • Psychosocial/behavioral interventions
  • Storytelling
  • Care transitions 
  • Acute and chronic sickle cell disease pain
  • Analgesic pharmacogenetics
  • Social determinants of health
  • Interprofessional education
  • Simulation in doctoral programs
  • Leadership in long-term care facilities and quality of care outcomes
  • Nurse turnover and care outcomes in long term care
  • Mental health nursing education