Rural Hospital Closures, Access to Care, & Care Utilization among Rural-Dwelling Adults
Arrianna Marie Planey, PhD MA is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She is also a Faculty Fellow in the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. She is a health/medical geographer with an overarching interest in health and healthcare equity. Her expertise includes conceptualizing and measuring health care access, health workforce issues, and chronic illnesses. Her research and teaching focuses include the application of spatial statistical and epidemiologic methods to study health(care) policies, healthcare access and utilization, and underlying, population-level health inequities. Her goal is to identify points of intervention at structural- and system-levels. Her research has been published in Social Science and Medicine, Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Journal of Urban Health, and Open Forum Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Planey’s ongoing research includes collaborative studies of (1) the moderating effect travel burdens for cancer care on the association between financial toxicity and health-related quality of life among rural cancer patients, (2) maternal telehealth utilization, and (3) the racially disparate effects of rural hospital closures on acute care access and cancer screening receipt among rural-dwelling adults. At the core of her research agenda is equity in access and outcomes.
Dr. Planey earned her Ph.D in Geography from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, after earning her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley, respectively. She was previously a predoctoral fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars (HPRS) program.