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:
- Research Design and Biostatistics Core
- Research Ethics and Dissemination (READ) Core
- Data Exchange Core
These research support cores provide center affiliates and regional scientists with key expertise and access to the most current approaches.
To learn more about the research center, see the published research under its CoBRE grant.
Meet Our Team
Jill Weimer, Ph.D.
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
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
DenYelle Kenyon, PhD
Jessica Hanson, PhD
Sanford Population Health & Data Collaborative Symposium
October 11, 2018
Population Heath Research Summit
“Finding Your Narrative”
April 17 and 18, 2018
Sanford Health News
Study shows it helps reduce chances of early death in older adults
Dr. Michelle Baack, Dr. Randy Faustino on collaborative, complementary paths