Southwest Border Rural Health Research Center

painted desertAbout the Southwest Border Rural Health Research Center

The Southwest Border Rural Health Research Center (SBRHRC) was one of the members of a network of rural health research centers originally funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy in 1988. The Center has received project funding from federal agencies, private foundations, and the State of Arizona.

The mission of the Southwest Border Rural Health Research Center is:

  • To conduct policy-relevant (action or applied) research which addresses health issues that affect the Southwestern United States and the U.S.-Mexico border region, and the nation; 
  • To disseminate research results to influence policy in such areas as: access to preventive services and primary care, especially for the socio-economically disadvantaged and underserved; minority populations and health disparities; health professional distribution; health care financing; and barriers to health care utilization;
  • To carry out program evaluations which focus on the same issues; 
  • To provide learning opportunities for university students to develop their skills and expertise in research and evaluation, and to provide technical assistance in these two areas to rural communities, and state agencies and organizations; 
  • To collaborate with institutions and communities throughout the Southwestern United States and Mexico.


Arizona Rural Health Plan 2005-2007

The Arizona Rural Health Plan 2005-2007 provides a road map on how to strengthen the rural health infrastructure in the state as well as how to enhance access to health services by rural residents.
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Rural Health Data Line

The SBRHRC has centralized a collection of rural health data and links to community level data along with health-related sites. The data summarizes state, urban, and rural health information as well as comparisons between Arizona's 15 counties.
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Arizona Border Region Data Resources and Virtual Library

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