We are currently accepting applications for one rural health postdoctoral fellowship position beginning on or after September 1, 2020. Apply here.
Application Due Date: Monday, July 20, 2020. We will begin reviewing applications the following day.
At the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center (RHRC), we conduct policy-relevant research to improve the lives of rural residents and families, to advance health equity, and to enhance the vitality of rural communities. We invite scholars from diverse backgrounds to apply for the RHRC’s Rural Health Equity Postdoctoral Fellowship. The program will support the professional development of researchers who can address critical gaps in knowledge by doing the following:
Conduct research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that advances health equity in individuals, families, and communities, with a focus on rural areas and geographic inequities.
Study the impacts of institutional and governmental policies that affect health care access, health care quality, social determinants of health, systems of care and services, and population health outcomes across the lifespan.
Focus and engage with rural populations that face structural barriers to good health outcomes, including the following: communities of color, Indigenous people, women and girls, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, older adults, and people with limited incomes.
Conduct research in partnership with communities, and communicate findings to policymakers and back to communities, highlighting the impact of decisions for individual, family, and community health.
The primary goal of this program is to train scholars who will become innovative research leaders in rural health. The postdoctoral fellow will receive mentorship and support from the RHRC leadership and staff and closely collaborate on projects.
The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to co-lead, with RHRC faculty or staff, a one-year rural health focused project (Sep-Aug) that is specified by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. During the first year of the fellowship, the fellow will have an opportunity to provide input to shape a one-year project that they could lead during the second year of the fellowship. Results from these two projects will be published as peer-reviewed manuscripts, publicly-available policy briefs, and disseminated at rural-relevant conferences. RHRC’s work is characterized by rapid turnaround, policy-relevant, rigorous research that informs decision-making and improves the health of rural communities.
The fellow will also have an opportunity to develop and implement an independent rural health equity research project specifically focused on rural Minnesota. The specific focus and methodology of this project will depend on the expertise and interest of the fellow, but may include quantitative analysis, qualitative data collection and analysis, and community-engaged work.
Postdoctoral fellows must have (or be close to completing) the following requirements:
Graduated from a doctoral program with a focus in health policy, public health, demography, geography, sociology, or a closely-related discipline
Training and demonstrated excellence in methods/statistics, including analysis of survey data, claims data, and/or qualitative data; our research needs focus on quantitative analysis of secondary data.
Ability to conduct rigorous research efficiently in a fast-paced, policy-relevant, community-engaged environment.
Recently graduated individuals with a focus on racial equity, including rural Black and Indigenous populations, are especially encouraged to apply
Experience with data analysis in a US Census Research Data Center and US Census Special Sworn Status are preferred, but not required.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 336575
About University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Our dedicated team of experts at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center (RHRC) conducts research to advance equity and improve health and well-being among those who are frequently absent from policy discussions, but whose lives are deeply impacted by policy decisions. Our work is informed by the lived experiences of rural people, families, and communities that experience disproportionate health risks and exhibit disproportionate resilience.
We study access to and quality of health care and population health outcomes in order to build the evidence base for policymaking. Our work maintains a focus on eliminating inequities based on geography, race, gender, nationality, age, and ability. We are committed to the highest standards of excellence in research and to communicating results to academic and policy audiences as well as to the people and communities to which our research pertains.
1. We conduct research to inform the development, implementation, and evaluation of health policy that impacts rural residents and communities.
2. We study the impacts of policies that affect health care access and quality and population health outcomes ...across the lifespan, answering questions voiced by rural residents and communities.
3. We focus on groups that experience disproportionate health risks because of structural inequities, including communities of color, women and girls, older adults, and low-income people in rural communities.
4. We educate policymakers about the consequences of their decisions for the communities and population groups we study.
Funding: We are grateful for generous funding support from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Part of the Health Resources and Services Administration, FORHP coordinates activities related to rural health care within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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