1000 E University Avenue, Department 3432
Laramie, WY 82071
The Center for Rural Health Research & Education (CRHRE) was established at the University of Wyoming in September 2000 as a research unit of the College of Health Sciences. The center resulted from the shared vision of Dr. Robert Kelley, Dean of the College, and Dr. Rex Gantenbein, a faculty member in the UW Department of Computer Science. Dr. Kelley was interested in creating an interdisciplinary center to advance research efforts in the College, while Dr. Gantenbein had been working for several years on ways to use computing and telecommunications technology to improve health care in rural areas.
The CRHRE was first funded with a three-year grant from the National Library of Medicine. Through that grant, staff were hired to create a Web portal related to health care that would serve the entire state of Wyoming, particularly faculty, students, and health professionals, and facilitate health-related research. The focus of this portal was on information dissemination, but it also included tools for locating health resources in the state through the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology. At that time, the Center was housed in what was known as "Old Biochemistry," a somewhat run-down building on the west side of the UW campus that had previously housed a variety of UW departments and programs. In 2005, along with most of the other divisions of the College, we moved from temporary housing back into "Old Biochem," which had been beautifully renovated into the Health Sciences Center pictured below. Our offices occupy the south end of the second floor of the new complex (room 230), overlooking the Classroom Building and the rest of the west campus.
Today, the CRHRE is recognized throughout Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain region as a leader in using technology to support health care, and our aspiration is to increase the development and deployment of technology throughout the health care community. Our main functions are (1) to provide expertise and services to the College, University, and State for technology in health research and education and (2) to create strategic partnerships in support of decision making and policy development in the area of rural health care, particularly with regard to technology.
We employ a diverse group of research scientists (see our "Faculty and Staff" page for a current list and contact information). For information on recent and current projects, visit our "Projects in the CRHRE" page.