Center for Rural Health Practice

We are located in the Seneca building in historic downtown Bradford. This locale provides access to rural communities, providers, and citizens, enabling the center to identify and articulate health issues that are particularly relevant to rural America.

The center maintains formal relationships with all University of Pittsburgh campuses and schools and with the UPMC Health System, providing access to many of the nation's top health researchers.

By serving as the rural health focal point for the entire university system, the center works to engage these researchers in rural health research and practice. Local communities serve as the testing grounds for national program models and for the development of rural health policy.

 Goals include:

  • Subcontract rural health research to University of Pittsburgh campuses and schools, with a focus on schools and departments of the health sciences.
  • Serve as rural health consultant for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center  (UPMC) and University of Pittsburgh campuses and schools.
  • Test practice models in rural communities
  • Develop policy recommendations for the consideration of federal, state, and local stakeholders
  • Serve as rural health liaison between the University of Pittsburgh and federal, state and local governments, and rural health partners.
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