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Rural Health Research Program

People living in rural areas tend to be less healthy than their urban counterparts, largely due to geographical and technological challenges to accessing care. The Rural Health Research Program engages rural residents in research to improve the health and well-being of their communities.

Through this program, Mayo Clinic experts in dissemination and implementation science collaborate with rural residents to understand how healthcare fits within a rural setting. The goal is to nurture research that cultivates the unique strengths of people in rural communities while working to overcome geographic and digital barriers to health improvement.


  • Christi A. Patten, Ph.D.


    Psychiatry and psychology, behavioral health researcher

  • Andrea L. Cheville, M.D.

    Health care delivery, oncology researcher

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