RECTOR & VISITORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA
The Rural Health Care Research Center (RHCRC), an interdisciplinary research center located in the School of Nursing at the University of Virginia is funded by the National Institutes of Health National Institute of Nursing Research for the time period of 9/30/04-6/30/10. This center provides the infrastructure to conduct and disseminate research responsive to the clinical and information needs of rural populations in the United States. Often using different technologies, the RHCRC tests innovative clinical and system interventions for the rural health care system and adapts existing interventions for use in rural areas. This center promotes the development of researchers through the provision on ongoing development activities such as monthly Think Tank Sessions, consultant visits, workshops and conferences. It provides ongoing availability of methodological experts including statistician support and the inclusion of an expert on the development of culturally relevant research designs.
The equipment requested includes a research server, desktop and laptop computers and a video-technology system. The research server and network file server will replace a server that was specifically configured with extra security procedures to ensure the protection of personally identifiable and other sensitive data. It is where we store our research data. The desktop computers will be used within the RHCRC work room and in the Center for Nursing Research Conference room, which is also used as a work room. The laptops will replace older laptops that are used for several purposes including sharing specialized software, to collect data in rural areas as well as for computerized literature searches and general research and administrative use. All of the equipment being replaced is 4-5 years old and requires replacement due to either age or performance of equipment. Additionally, an Analyzer is being requested to increase our capacity to process lab tests to obtain data for our diabetes studies.
The purchase of the equipment requested in this project will enhance the goals of the Recovery Act as purchase orders for the equipment will be issued within 30 days of the funding becoming available.