About Us

Faculty members in the Center for Health Policy Analysis and Rural Health Research (the Center), previously known as Nebraska Center for Rural Health Research, lead research teams that study how health care and public health services are financed, organized, and delivered and how public policies affect the health and well-being of populations.

Serving as a vehicle for interdisciplinary research comprised of faculty from the College of Public Health, the UNMC campus, and other community and practice collaborators, the Center functions as a long-standing conduit of information on emerging issues in public health and health services at local, state, and national levels. Research areas that the Center is currently or has been involved in include: public health services and systems research (PHSSR), health care workforce, rural health care providers, health care access, health economics, program evaluation, Veterans Administration research, a joint public health data center between UNMC and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, comparative effectiveness research, and health disparities.     

The center’s related research entities include the Center for Health Policy, and the Health Professions Tracking Service.

Center Director

Dr. Li-Wu Chen is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Health Services Research and Administration in the College of Public Health at UNMC, and is the Co-PI of the Robert Wood John Foundation-funded Nebraska Public Health Practice Based Research Network. Throughout his career, Dr. Chen has directed and conducted numerous projects related to rural health research, public health services and systems research, and health economics, through which his published work is consistently used to inform policy makers at both the state and national levels.

Contact Us

Li-Wu Chen, MHSA, PhD
984350 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4350
Phone: 402-559-5260
Email

Denise M. Howard
984350 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-4350
Phone: 402-559-5260
Email