Center for Rural Health Care Delivery Science

Focused on improving healthcare outcomes in rural areas

Those living in rural areas—including more than 50% of the 1.9 million people Dartmouth Health serves in northern New England—have higher risks of chronic disease and death than more urban residents.

While these poorer health outcomes can be linked to socioeconomic factors, including less access to healthcare, affordable housing, transportation and insurance coverage, Dartmouth Health is committed to deepening its understanding of the unique challenges affecting the delivery of rural healthcare.

Leading rural healthcare delivery science

Dartmouth Health is a proven leader in developing innovative care models that serve rural communities. This multidisciplinary Center builds on that expertise and expands it to provide infrastructure to train and support the development of a critical mass of early-career clinician-scientists.

Through expert mentoring in research and professional development, high-quality data analysis and community-focused collaboration, the Center works to advance rural healthcare outcomes in northern New England—and throughout the nation.

Supported by NIH/NIGMS P20 GM148278

Grounded in vision, enriched by innovation

The Center exists to address—and better understand—rural health disparities to help improve outcomes. Learn more about:

DHMC in autumn
Rian Hasson, MD, with patient
Barn in the winter

Building a rural health research community

While nearly 20% of Americans live in rural areas and experience greater health challenges than those living in cities, research on this issue has been limited.

The Center for Rural Health Care Delivery Science is dedicated to disrupting that trend. Our mentorship model supports the work of early-career researchers—those transitioning into independent careers focused on the study of rural health disparities—developing a wealth of data, system infrastructure and stronger community partnerships to improve rural healthcare delivery and rural health services.

What is rural healthcare?

The healthcare available to people living in rural areas. Rural residents typically have to travel longer distances for emergent and specialty care and have poorer health than those living in metropolitan areas.