Executive Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the Rural Health Research Institute (RHRI) at Georgia Southern University, supported by NIH Center of Excellence funding. We are dedicated to improving health in rural areas through the promotion of cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research and outreach that connects faculty from diverse fields. We actively pursue novel ways of engaging new research teams, developing future rural health researchers, and promoting research-based decision making in rural health policy. The Rural Health Research Institute also engages in regular community outreach in collaboration with partners throughout Southeast Georgia.

The RHRI’s federal grant portfolio (with funding from NIH, HRSA, & CNCS) has included topics such as rural health disparities, minority health, faith-based partnerships, telehealth, mixed-methods intervention development, elderly care, and chronic disease self-management. In addition, our training initiatives have included grant writing mentoring programs for faculty, seed funding grants for faculty rural health projects, and intensive summer training programs for undergraduate and graduate students wishing to gain experience in rural health disparities research.

Please explore our website to learn more about our initiatives, to find the latest information about rural health, and to see how you can become involved in our efforts.

K. Bryant Smalley, Ph.D., Psy.D.
Executive Director
Rural Health Research Institute

Last updated: 9/26/2014

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