Promoting healthy rural communities through education, service, research and policy

The National Center for Rural Health Professions (NCRHP) at the UIC Health Sciences Campus-Rockford strives to meet the health care needs of rural residents and their communities in Illinois, around the nation and throughout the world. Certified by the Illinois Board of Higher Education since 2003, this University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford center has programs and collaborative partnerships that have become successful models for education, service, research and policy related to rural health involving multiple health professions.

Rural Health Professions (Academic Programs)

NCRHP’s academic programs in medicine, nursing, pharmacy and social work offer comprehensive add-on curriculum which gives students the unique opportunity to train directly in rural communities across the State of Illinois. Students learn firsthand about the issues facing rural health care and are prepared to serve as leaders in underserved rural communities.

IL AHEC

Established in 2010, the HRSA funded Illinois Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network Program has nine regional centers throughout the state to serve both rural and urban underserved residents through access to health professions education, health careers development and community and public health promotion activities. 

Native American Pathways

This program is designed to identify, recruit, support and graduate Native American students interested in pursuing a health professions degree and returning to their tribal communities to practice rural medicine, pharmacy or nursing.

Rural Health Internships and Experiences

The NCRHP pipeline programs address the rural health provider shortage by offering students learning opportunities as early as middle school and high school. Students can participate in summer camps, multi-week internships, and job shadowing rotations in rural communities. Participants of the NCRHP pipeline programs will increase their awareness of and experience with many healthcare disciplines.

Research

Faculty and students at the NCRHP are passionate about rural health issues, policy and advocacy. Read some of the powerful research driving our efforts to address rural health inequities and improve access to health care in rural and underserved urban communities.

Research

Faculty and students at the NCRHP are passionate about rural health issues, policy and advocacy.

Read some of the powerful research driving our efforts to address rural health inequities and improve access to health care in rural and underserved urban communities.

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Major Milestone: We currently have RECORD number of ONE HUNDRED Rural Medical Education (RMED) Students currently enrolled across all four years of medical school! ... See MoreSee Less

Major Milestone: We currently have RECORD number of ONE HUNDRED Rural Medical Education (RMED) Students currently enrolled across all four years of medical school!

Congratulations, Dr. Rosenberger!

Rural Nursing Poster Wins Award at International Conference

Congratulations to Kelly D. Rosenberger, DNP, APRN, CNM, WHNP-BC, FAANP, and Kathleen Sparbel, PhD, FNP-BC, for winning the Poster Award at the International Rural Nursing Conference. Their poster was entitled “Capacity-Building to Prepare APRNs for Interprofessional Collaboration in Rural Health.”

Dr. Rosenberger is director of the Rockford College of Nursing Regional Campus and the founder and director of the Rural Nursing Program (RNURSING). She is also a clinical assistant professor in the UIC College of Nursing Department of Human Development Nursing Science and in the UIC College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Dr. Sparbel is director of the UIC College of Nursing Quad Cities Campus and a clinical associate professor in the CON Department of Population Health Nursing Science.

The purpose of this conference sponsored by the Rural Nurse Organization is to convene rural healthcare nurses and other health professionals, researchers, educators, and leaders to discuss various topics of importance to rural health, including historical contributions.
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Congratulations, Dr. Rosenberger!

Rural Nursing Poster Wins Award at International Conference

Congratulations to Kelly D. Rosenberger, DNP, APRN, CNM, WHNP-BC, FAANP, and Kathleen Sparbel, PhD, FNP-BC, for winning the Poster Award at the International Rural Nursing Conference. Their poster was entitled “Capacity-Building to Prepare APRNs for Interprofessional Collaboration in Rural Health.”
 
Dr. Rosenberger is director of the Rockford College of Nursing Regional Campus and the founder and director of the Rural Nursing Program (RNURSING). She is also a clinical assistant professor in the UIC College of Nursing Department of Human Development Nursing Science and in the UIC College of Medicine Department of Family and Community Medicine.
 
Dr. Sparbel is director of the UIC College of Nursing Quad Cities Campus and a clinical associate professor in the CON Department of Population Health Nursing Science.
 
The purpose of this conference sponsored by the Rural Nurse Organization is to convene rural healthcare nurses and other health professionals, researchers, educators, and leaders to discuss various topics of importance to rural health, including historical contributions.

Please join us in welcoming Dana Jungbauer, MD, as she begins her new role as a Research Specialist with the National Center for Rural Health Professions and Illinois Area Health Education Centers - AHEC Network. Dr. Jungbauer previously worked at NCRHP as our very first International Research Scholar upon her completion of medical school at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. We are thrilled to welcome her to our team full time in her new role! ... See MoreSee Less

Please join us in welcoming Dana Jungbauer, MD, as she begins her new role as a Research Specialist with the National Center for Rural Health Professions and Illinois Area Health Education Centers - AHEC Network. Dr. Jungbauer previously worked at NCRHP as our very first International Research Scholar upon her completion of medical school at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. We are thrilled to welcome her to our team full time in her new role!
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