Jeffrey McCullough's Research
Rural Health Outreach and Evaluation
The goal of this project is to 1) identify key challenges for rural health network development and function through a review of the relevant literature and a dialogue with a panel of rural health network expert informants; 2) identify cross-cutting themes for the 2006-2010 grantees; 3) assess the extent to which 2006-2009 Rural Health Network Planning Grantees have sustained operations to address local health care needs that would otherwise be difficult to accomplish as individual providers; 4) examine the role of grant review feedback, technical assistance, and other key factors in grantee success; and 5) identify and recommend opportunities to strengthen the Network Development Planning Grant Program.
Rural Health Research Center
The Upper Midwest Rural Health Research Center (UMRHRC), a partnership of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, is concentrating its research portfolio on quality of care in rural areas. For this year’s research portfolio related to quality, UMRHRC is conducting three projects that address gaps in the research on rural quality of care: 1) the effect of health information technology on quality in rural hospitals; 2) potentially preventable rural hospital readmissions of Medicare beneficiaries; and 3) acute care and post-acute care bundled payments and care coordination in rural environments. A fourth non-quality project addresses the impact of hospitalists on inpatient and primary care in rural communities.