Rural Health Research Support Network (RHRSN)

The RHRSN is a collaboration of CTSAs with the mission to identify, test, and disseminate best practices of performing community engaged clinical and translational research among rural providers and communities. The current network includes the CTSA hubs of the University of New Mexico, University of Kansas, University of North Carolina, University of Utah, and University of Kentucky.

The RHRSN is a regional and national core facility that supports community-based research. It aims to deliver rapid-response, best-practice methodology to perform translational research in rural, underserved, multi-ethnic populations. The objective of the RHRSN is to support multi-site studies in rural populations, to test best practices of rural community engagement for clinical and translational research, and disseminate the lessons learned to the larger CTSA collaborative and the public. Current members of the network are designing pilot studies to use these resources.

The RHRSN can assist in many areas throughout the research process including:

  • Training or consultation for best practices in rural and community engaged research
  • Research coordination including recruitment, enrollment, and qualitative and quantitative data collection
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Regulatory support
  • Lab processing and testing
  • Clinical research nursing
  • Spanish-English/English-Spanish interpretation and translation
  • Support and guidance in translating research to practice

The RHRSN partners have the following expertise and resources:RHRSN

  • Community engaged research
  • Qualitative and mixed-methods research methods
  • Information dissemination
  • RE-AIM (Reach Effectiveness Adoption Implementation Maintenance)
  • Telehealth
  • Project evaluation
  • Research academic detailing
  • Shared IRB


RHRSN Director

Robert Rhyne, MD
Robert Rhyne, MD


Richard Larson, MD, PhD

Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, Vice Chancellor for Research

CTSC Director & Principal Investigator



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