Featured Research and Scholarship

Through the Institute for Rural Health Research, CCHS faculty members apply for and receive federal, state and private grants and contracts to research a variety of health issues. Faculty also provide presentations at state, regional and national conferences, and their research findings are published in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals.

Population Health:

  • All of Us Research Project
  • ACTION (Appropriate Care and Treatment in Our Neighborhoods)
  • Assessing Palliative Care Needs and Reducing Disparities in the Deep South
  • Regionalized Perinatal Care to Reduce Infant Mortality in Rural Alabama
  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles among Latino Immigrant Families: It Takes a Village

Health Care Equity:

  • Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging
  • Alabama Community Care: Providing Behavioral Health Services to Medicaid patients
  • Examining Caregivers’ Knowledge of Autism and Child Development across Rural and Urban Settings: Does a Disparity Exist?

Community Engaged Research:

  • West Alabama Rural AIDS Telemedicine and Counseling Project
  • Faith-based Anti-Stigma Intervention Toward Healing HIV/AIDS
  • Evaluation of Family Medicine Resident Survey on Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs on Cultural Competency

Interprofessional Collaborative Research:

  • Hiding in Plain Sight: An Innovative Hypertension Identification and Treatment Project
  • Community-building Funding and Sustainability Program: Filling the Gap: An Innovative Emergency Medical Service Heart Failure Promotion Program


  • Correlates of Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition in School-Based Health Centers. Journal of School Health. CCHS author: Dr. Abbey Gregg.
  • Videoconferencing Psychological Therapy and Anxiety: A Systematic Review. CCHS authors: Dr. Anne Halli-Tierney, Nelle Williams, Dr. Nathan Culmer.
  • Videoconferencing Psychotherapy and Depression: A Systematic Review. CCHS authors: Dr. Anne Hallie-Tierney, Nelle Williams, Dr. Nathan Culmer.
  • Ethical Issues in Palliative and Endo-of-Life Care. Palliative and End of Life Care: Disease, Social and Cultural Context. CCHS author: Dr. Anne Halli-Tierney.


  • Hiding in Plain Sight (HIPS): An Innovative Hypertension Identification and Treatment Program. The 10th Annual Ochsner Evidence Based Nursing Conference, New Orleans. CCHS presenters: Dr. Louanne Friend, Suzanne Henson, Amy Sherwood.