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About Us

About Us

The Southwest Rural Health Research Center (SRHRC) represents Texas A&M School of Public Health as a nationally funded and recognized rural health research center (RHRC). It is also home to the once-a-decade publication, Rural Healthy People. Its unique combination of faculty strengths in health policy, health economics, social determinants of health, health law, epidemiology and biostatistics, and chronic disease enable the SRHRC to address the needs of rural, underserved populations across Texas and the nation.


The SRHRC seeks to effect policies that address the needs of special rural populations, understand distinctive health needs of minority populations, eliminate, or reduce health disparities in those populations, and build, maintain and evaluate the capacity of rural health systems and health services delivery.



At the heart of the SRHRC is a strong and robust cadre of researchers and programs that are dedicated to the needs of rural and underserved populations. Our collaborations provide unique opportunities for expansion across the spectrum of rural-related health services research, and provide a platform for advancing rural health policy issues on the national level.


Alva Ferdinand, JD, DrPH - Director
Jane Bolin, RN, JD, PhD - Deputy Director
Natasha Johnson, MBA - Assistant Director

Mailing Address

TAMU 1266
College Station, TX 77843-1266

Physical Address

212 Adriance Lab Rd.
College Station, TX 77843