Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research CoBRE

Researching Rural & Behavioral Health

The Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research fosters a collaborative and supportive environment to build capacity and work towards improving the health of patients and communities through the use of unique data-driven techniques in rural areas of the Midwest.

How We’re Funded

The NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences funds the Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research. The grant supports a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) to facilitate the development of rural health in South Dakota.

What We Research

The level of health disparities in our region, coupled with the remote nature of our rural communities, calls for development of a community and population health research center with a focus on rural populations. The center has expertise in:

  • Data Science
  • Substance use and addiction
  • Community partnerships
  • American Indian Health
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare Services Delivery
  • Behavioral Science

How We Support the Scientific Community

The center supports and mentors junior investigators (project leaders) vested in issues specific to rural and AI health. This leads to greater stability, sustainability, and growth of regional research infrastructure. The leadership team provides project leaders with an individualized mentorship plan to enhance their professional skills and further their research goals to become successful, independent investigators.

The center also supports three interdisciplinary cores:

  1. Research Design and Biostatistics Core
  2. Research Ethics and Dissemination (READ) Core
  3. Data Exchange Core

These research support cores provide center affiliates and regional scientists with key expertise and access to the most current approaches.

Our Publications

To learn more about the research center, see the published research under its CoBRE grant.

Real All Publications

Meet Our Team


Jill Weimer, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

External Advisory Committee

Kimber Richter, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Joy McCann Professor of Women in Medicine and Science
Director, UKanQuit at KU Medical Center Tobacco Treatment Service

Dedra Buchwald, M.D.
Director and Professor, Community Health
Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, Washington State University

Anita Kinney, Ph.D.
Professor of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Donald Nease Jr., M.D.
Associate Professor, Family Medicine
University of Colorado, Denver

Andrew L. Sussman, PhD, MCRP
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
University of New Mexico

Project Leaders

Emily Griese, Ph.D.
Exploring Trajectories of Social-Emotional Risk and Resilience for Rural Youth

Arielle Deutsch, Ph.D.
Exploring Community-based Syndemic Contexts for Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies in Rural and American Indian Women

Arielle Selya, Ph.D.
Etiology and dynamics of poly-tobacco use among adolescents in rural communities

Center Graduates

DenYelle Kenyon, PhD
Jessica Hanson, PhD


Past Symposiums

Sanford Population Health & Data Collaborative Symposium
October 11, 2018

Population Heath Research Summit
“Finding Your Narrative”
April 17 and 18, 2018

Sanford Health News

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