WWAMI Rural Health Research Center News – New Projects and Leadership

Holly Andrilla, Davis Patterson

The WWAMI RHRC has lots of news to share:

New funding

We recently received new funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) – $2.8 million over four years – that will continue to support the WWAMI RHRC in conducting policy-relevant research as one of nine national rural health research centers.

New leadership

Davis Patterson, formerly Deputy Director, assumed leadership of the WWAMI RHRC in September as its new Director, along with Holly Andrilla, the Center’s new Deputy Director. After eight years as Director of the WWAMI RHRC, Eric Larson has stepped down from his leadership role. Big thanks to Eric for his service as Director, and we look forward to his continued work with the Center on a part-time basis.

New projects

We are beginning four new studies funded by FORHP this year (see the complete list of our studies):

  • Treatment, Provider, and Cost Differences for Rural and Urban Patients with Opioid Use Disorder Across the U.S.
  • Comparing Utilization and Quality of Home Health Care Between Medicare Fee-for-Service and Medicare Advantage Beneficiaries by Rural-Urban Status
  • Trends in Health Workforce Supply in the Rural U.S.
  • Overcoming Barriers to Providing Rural Obstetrical Training for Physicians


The WWAMI RHRC has existed since 1988 and continues to demonstrate the University of Washington School of Medicine’s commitment to the health of rural communities. During these challenging times, we are stepping into our new roles with humility as we continue working to generate research findings that inform policy and practice with the goal of improving the health of rural communities.


Best wishes – and stay healthy,
Davis G. Patterson, PhD  C. Holly A. Andrilla, MS
Director, WWAMI RHRC  Deputy Director, WWAMI RHRC

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