Over the last 20 years, health equity has been the focus of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center (RMHRC) at the University of South Carolina. For health equity to exist, obstacles that prevent all individuals from having an opportunity to live a healthy life must be identified and addressed. COVID-19’s impact on rural and minority communities has further illuminated the challenges rural communities, persons of color, and Indigenous people face. Increased socioeconomic burden, inadequate access to healthcare, and higher unemployment rates have exacerbated the impact from COVID-19 on these citizens who are disproportionately susceptible to the risks of COVID-19 infection and death.
The RMHRC Annual Report highlights our goals, accomplishments, and team members. In 2020, our research led to 59 peer-reviewed publications seven of which are presented in the annual report.
The Center’s data driven research can be used to inform impactful policies and improve population health. Let us know how we can help you support rural health.