Dr. Robert Hines, assistant professor, department of preventive medicine and public health at the University of Kansas, has been named a fellow in the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Health Fellows (RHF) Program of 2015.
The Rural Health Fellows Program is a year-long, intensive program that develops leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America. Participation includes attending the NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute meeting February 2-5, 2015 in Washington DC, the Annual Conference April 14-17 in Philadelphia, and a final graduation ceremony in February of 2016 in Washington, DC.
The program is in its ninth year and selects fellows based on educational background, capacity for becoming an active NRHA participant, and understanding of rural health care issues. Applicants were also considered based on geographic and professional diversity.
Dr. Hines teaches advanced epidemiology courses in the KU-Master of Public Health program and his research focus is identifying and tracking disparities over time in cancer-related outcomes according to geographic residency (e.g., rural, suburban, and urban) status, socioeconomic status, and race/ethnicity as well as designing interventions to improve the health status of rural residents.