The mission of the WWAMI RHRC is to carry out national and regional research that informs policy related to:

  • Training and supply of rural health care providers and the content and outcomes of the care they provide.
  • Availability and quality of care for rural women and children, including obstetric and perinatal care.
  • Access to high-quality care for vulnerable and minority rural populations.


Researchers & Staff


Susan M Skillman, MS
Senior Deputy Director & Deputy Director of Allied Health, Center for Health Workforce Studies


Research Team

Holly Andrilla, MS
Research Scientist


Laura-Mae Baldwin, MD, MPH


Gina Keppel, MPH
Research Scientist


Eric H. Larson, PhD
Director- WWAMI Rural Health Research Center,
Research Associate Professor


Davis G Patterson, PhD
Research Assistant Professor,
Director, Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice


Other investigators involved in RHRC projects

  • Dana Lynge, Dept. of Surgery, UW
  • Shilpeh Patel, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, UW

Expert Work Group

The WWAMI RHRC benefits from guidance provided by an Expert Work Group whose members suggest policy relevant research topics, assist in the employment of appropriate methodology, review Center products and ensure that the work of the Center is practical and useful to policy makers, practitioners, and rural communities.

  • Perri Morgan, PhD, PA-C, is an Associate Professor and Director of Physician Assistant Research at the Physician Assistant Division in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Duke University.
  • Joanne M. Pohl, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, FAANP, is a Professor Emerita at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.
  • Howard Rabinowitz, MD, is Professor of Family Medicine and Director, Physician Shortage Areas Program, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Thomas C. Ricketts, III, PhD, MPH, is a Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Social Medicine, and the Director of the Health Policy Analysis Unit in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Southeastern Regional Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also co-directs the American College of Surgeons Policy Research Institute.
  • John Supplitt, MPA, MBA, is Senior Director of the Section for Small or Rural Hospitals of the American Hospital Association.