The Mercer University School of Medicine boasts a long-standing commitment to serving rural Georgia’s health needs and is home to two centers dedicated to tackling the health challenges in rural Georgia.

The Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities (CRHHD) is dedicated to implementing community-driven solutions to rural areas of Georgia through innovative research, training and community engagement. The CRHHD is one of only two NIH-designated Centers of Excellence in the nation focused on rural health issues.

The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center (GRHIC) is dedicated to confronting the complex health care challenges and wellness disparities facing rural communities. The GRHIC was established by the State of Georgia and serves as a critical resource to rural communities to improve access and effectiveness of health care by offering research, collaboration, and training opportunities.