Project EXPORT

Summary

Principal Investigator: Michael Glasser
Abstract: The Project EXPORT Center for Excellence in Rural Health seeks to recruit and train health professionals and health service and medical investigators to reduce health disparities in rural settings through research, education, and service. A target population within the Center framework will be medically underserved and underrepresented minority populations residing in rural communities. The Center consists of five interrelated cores and combines the expertise and resources of four major institutions in the state of Illinois. The Centers Administrative core channels the efforts of the National Center for Rural Health Professions of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford (UICOM-R), the Illinois Area Health Education Centers (IAHEC), the Health Research and Policy Centers (HRPC) of the University of Illinois Chicago, and the University of Illinois Extension (UIUC Extension). These combine to create an infrastructure on which existing programs can be expanded and new initiatives created to impact on health disparities affecting rural and underrepresented minority populations. Specifically, the Center will: 1) conduct research on topics related to chronic medical conditions exhibiting disparities like diabetes and arthritis and examine issues related to chronic pain and elder abuse; 2) serve as a resource for providing the background knowledge and skill development necessary for enhancing the capacity of rural, community-based populations to identify and solve their own problems; 3) sponsor grant competitions to encourage investigators to address the health needs and reduce disparities in local populations by using local expertise and community-based interventions; 4) offer educational and training opportunities in rural health professions and research careers, previously unavailable to youth residing in rural communities; and, 5) educate students of the health professions, health care practitioners, and policy makers on the extent and seriousness of health disparities and their prevalence in rural communities by offering forums and directions for resolving the problem. Overall, the Center addresses research questions related to chronic disease prevalence and clinical management, merges the agendas of biomedical science and behavioral and epidemiological research to address disparities from an interdisciplinary perspective and speaks to comparisons between rural and urban communities.
Funding Period: 2003-09-30 - 2008-08-31
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. ncbi Health information preferences among Hispanic/Latino immigrants in the U.S. rural Midwest
    Sergio Cristancho
    1 University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, USA
    Glob Health Promot 21:40-9. 2014
  2. pmc The ACRONYM (Alternatives for Circumvention of Restrictions on Naming BY Trialists of Their Manuscripts) Report
    Neil J Nusbaum
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA
    J Med Humanit 30:131-3. 2009
  3. ncbi Differential effects of economic factors on specialist and family physician distribution in Illinois: a county-level analysis
    Martin J Mistretta
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
    J Rural Health 23:215-21. 2007
  4. ncbi Listening to rural Hispanic immigrants in the Midwest: a community-based participatory assessment of major barriers to health care access and use
    Sergio Cristancho
    University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, Illinois, USA
    Qual Health Res 18:633-46. 2008
  5. pmc A comprehensive medical education program response to rural primary care needs
    Michael Glasser
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois, Rockford, Illinois 61107, USA
    Acad Med 83:952-61. 2008
  6. ncbi Medical students' assessments of skill development in rural primary care clinics
    M L Hunsaker
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, Rockford, Illinois, USA
    Rural Remote Health 6:616. 2006
  7. ncbi Perspectives on rural health workforce issues: Illinois-Arkansas comparison
    Martin MacDowell
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
    J Rural Health 25:135-40. 2009
  8. pmc Geriatric depression assessment by rural primary care physicians
    Michael Glasser
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, Rockford, Illinois, USA
    Rural Remote Health 9:1180. 2009
  9. pmc A national view of rural health workforce issues in the USA
    Martin MacDowell
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, Illinois, USA
    Rural Remote Health 10:1531. 2010
  10. ncbi Illinois 4-H health jam for healthy lifestyles and rural pipeline awareness
    Martin MacDowell
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois Health Sciences Campus, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
    Fam Community Health 34:141-53. 2011

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Publications11

  1. ncbi Health information preferences among Hispanic/Latino immigrants in the U.S. rural Midwest
    Sergio Cristancho
    1 University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, USA
    Glob Health Promot 21:40-9. 2014
    ....
  2. pmc The ACRONYM (Alternatives for Circumvention of Restrictions on Naming BY Trialists of Their Manuscripts) Report
    Neil J Nusbaum
    Division of Geriatrics, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, USA
    J Med Humanit 30:131-3. 2009
    ..Although the article is tongue in cheek, the underlying concern is that the names of studies may not, in fact, correspond to the actual results they yield...
  3. ncbi Differential effects of economic factors on specialist and family physician distribution in Illinois: a county-level analysis
    Martin J Mistretta
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
    J Rural Health 23:215-21. 2007
    ..Uneven distribution of physicians across geographic areas of the United States remains a significant problem that may have implications for health...
  4. ncbi Listening to rural Hispanic immigrants in the Midwest: a community-based participatory assessment of major barriers to health care access and use
    Sergio Cristancho
    University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, Illinois, USA
    Qual Health Res 18:633-46. 2008
    ..Findings imply that these barriers could be addressed using multiple educational and health service delivery policy-related strategies that consider the vulnerable nature of this growing population...
  5. pmc A comprehensive medical education program response to rural primary care needs
    Michael Glasser
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois, Rockford, Illinois 61107, USA
    Acad Med 83:952-61. 2008
    ....
  6. ncbi Medical students' assessments of skill development in rural primary care clinics
    M L Hunsaker
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, Rockford, Illinois, USA
    Rural Remote Health 6:616. 2006
    ....
  7. ncbi Perspectives on rural health workforce issues: Illinois-Arkansas comparison
    Martin MacDowell
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
    J Rural Health 25:135-40. 2009
    ..Past research has documented rural physician and health care professional shortages...
  8. pmc Geriatric depression assessment by rural primary care physicians
    Michael Glasser
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, Rockford, Illinois, USA
    Rural Remote Health 9:1180. 2009
    ..In this study rural primary care physicians' practices, attitudes, barriers and perceived needs in the diagnosis and treatment of geriatric depression were described, and trends in care delivery examined...
  9. pmc A national view of rural health workforce issues in the USA
    Martin MacDowell
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, Rockford, Illinois, USA
    Rural Remote Health 10:1531. 2010
    ..The purpose of this study was to determine whether rural hospital chief executive officers (CEOs) in the USA report shortages of health professions and to obtain perceptions about factors influencing recruiting and retention...
  10. ncbi Illinois 4-H health jam for healthy lifestyles and rural pipeline awareness
    Martin MacDowell
    National Center for Rural Health Professions, University of Illinois Health Sciences Campus, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
    Fam Community Health 34:141-53. 2011
    ..Preevent versus postevent comparisons show statistically significant improvements in rural students' knowledge and attitudes about health topics and careers...
  11. ncbi Addressing issues of maldistribution of health care workers
    B Salafsky
    WHO Collaborating Centre and Rural Program International, USA
    Ann Acad Med Singapore 34:520-6. 2005
    ..Here, we describe this programme in detail, in the hope that elements of this somewhat unique programme may be "exportable"...