Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW

Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Carrie Henning-Smith

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-4512

Office Address:
UMN Rural Health Research Center
Room 350 UOffPl
2221 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

PhD, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota

MS, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration, University of Minnesota

MPH, Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan

MSW, Interpersonal Practice and Mental Health with a minor in Management of Human Services. Specialist in Aging Certificate.

BA, International Relations, Claremont McKenna College


The central goal of my research is to move toward health equity for all, with a particular focus on historically marginalized populations in order to illuminate structural barriers to health and well-being and practical policy solutions. Under this broad umbrella, my work falls into two distinct, but overlapping themes: 1.) illuminating disparities in health and access to care, especially for older adults and rural residents, and 2.) investigating the ways in which environment, from immediate living environment to broader geographical context, impacts health. 


Rural health, aging, long-term care, disability, health policy, health disparities 



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Henning-Smith, C., Kozhimannil, K.B., Prasad, S., Casey, M., & Moscovice, I. (2017). Rural-urban differences in Medicare quality scores persist after adjusting for sociodemographic and environmental characteristics. The Journal of Rural Health, Epub ahead of print, doi: 10.1111/jrh.12261.

Henning-Smith, C., Shippee, T., & Capistrant, B. (2017). Later life disability in environmental context: why living arrangements matter. The Gerontologist, Epub ahead of print, doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx019.

Henning-Smith, C., Kozhimannil, K.B., Casey, M., Prasad, S., & Moscovice, I. (2017). Rural-urban differences in the impact of risk-adjustment on quality measures for Medicare beneficiaries. Medical Care, 55(9), 823-829.

Henning-Smith, C. (2016). Quality of life and psychological distress among older adults: The role of living arrangements. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 35(1), 39-61.

Henning-Smith, C. & Shippee, T.P. (2015). Expectations about future use of long-term services and supports vary by current living arrangement. Health Affairs, 34(1), 39-47.



PubH 6735, Principles of Health Policy


In The News

SPH News:

  • Include People of Color, Indigenous Populations in Rural Health Discussions (Read More)
  • Rates of Social Isolation Vary by Rurality and Demographics (Read More)
  • Henning-Smith Named Journal Editorial Board Chair (Read More)
  • Rural residents lack workplace supports to juggle work and caregiving (Read More)
  • Rural Residents Lack Workplace Supports to Juggle Jobs and Family Caregiving (Read More)
  • Rural Residents Face Multiple Barriers in Finding Long-Term Care (Read More)
  • Transgender Americans Suffer Reduced Access to Health Care (Read More)
  • US Neighborhoods Feel Less Welcoming for LGB Adults (Read More)
  • Challenges and solutions to accessing long-term care in rural areas (Read More)
  • Disability in older adults linked to low wealth and living alone (Read More)
  • Obstetric nurses in rural hospitals often work across hospital units (Read More)
  • Examining health disparities – including high rates of depression – among sexual minorities (Read More)
  • Half of rural hospitals without maternity care (Read More)
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults more likely to anticipate future long-term care needs (Read More)
  • Middle-aged Americans underestimate their future health care needs (Read More)

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