This study focuses on mental health care delivery and the management of chronic co-morbidities to evaluate healthcare accessibility and efficacy in rural Texas. The patterns of telemedicine adoption, implementation, and adaption across Texas spurred by the pandemic are not well understood. The work will focus on mental health care delivery and the management of chronic co-morbidities, specifically diabetes, to understand the potential and challenges in using remote delivery strategies to manage long-term diseases in rural populations and marginalized communities through a mixed-methods approach.

This project brings together an interdisciplinary team of researchers from Communications, Sociology, Latino Population Health, and Decision Science. It allows us to build new research with the shared focus of understanding mental health crisis and systemic inequities and building resilience among healthcare workers and community members. The research has the potential to contribute to improved delivery of health care services in rural Texas.

Research Team

Joshua Barbour

Professor, Department of Communication, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Kara Takasaki

Prior Researcher at Bureau of Business Research (BBR)

Sharmila Rudrappa

Director, South Asia Institute

Deborah Parra-Medina

Professor and Director, Latino Research Institute

S. Craig Watkins

Executive Director and Ernest A. Sharpe Centennial Professor, Moody College of Communication

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Matt Kammer-Kerwick

Senior Research Scientist, IC2 Institute