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Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina

Rural and Minority Health Research Center

The Rural and Minority Health Research Center's mission is to illuminate and address the health and social inequities experienced by rural and minority populations to promote the health of all through policy-relevant research and advocacy.  

Nearly two decades after its inception, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center gets new name and new leadership 

The Rural and Minority Health Research Center Goals are to:

  • Conduct methodologically rigorous and policy-relevant research to provide a clear picture of health status, health care needs, and health services utilization among rural and minority populations
  • Investigate policies aimed at improving health and reducing barriers to care among rural and minority populations, especially persons experiencing poverty
  • Assess the resources available to, and barriers experienced by, rural and safety net health care providers
  • Promote the professional development of researchers and health care professionals to promote health equity
  • Facilitate cross-disciplinary collaborations between researchers and community partners wishing to bridge research and practice
  • Provide expert advice to national, state, and local government and to rural and minority constituency groups to empower policy development and advocacy 


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The Rural & Minority Health Research Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U1CRH30539, Rural Health Research Grant Program Cooperative Agreement. The R&MHRC’s website information should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. For more information about all the Rural Health Research Centers funded by FORHP, visit 

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220 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 204 Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: 803-251-6317

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