Georgia Southern University

Center of Excellence

Establishing a Center of Excellence on Health Disparities in Rural Populations

  • Funder: National Health Institutes – National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities

This project establishes the Rural Health Research Institute as an NIH Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Rural Health Disparities. The grant’s activities include developing and testing new rural-specific health promotion programs designed to improve diabetes, hypertension, and prostate cancer outcomes; enacting a rural health disparities elimination summer training program for undergraduate and graduate students; implementing new mentoring programs for faculty wishing to pursue careers in rural health; and creating a new community capacity-building initiative to improve health outcomes in four counties throughout the rural Southeast Georgia.

  • Program Spotlight: Partnerships for Health

As part of the Center for Excellence grant, the Rural Health Research Institute has formed four county-level “Partnerships for Health” designed to increase community capacity to address rural health-related issues. The Partnerships represent collaborations between the University and numerous health-related community agencies in each county. They are focused on identifying and addressing the most pressing health related needs in each community, and subsequently receive seed grant funding to allow them to implement a collaboratively developed health education or intervention project to address an identified need. Partnerships have been formed in Bulloch, Candler, Emanuel, and Evans counties.

Rural Health Research Institute • P.O. Box 8028 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-7254 • rhri@georgiasouthern.edu