Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW

Assistant 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:

In The Media:

  • Losing as much as $10K per baby born, another NH hospital no longer delivers (New Hampshire Union Leader)
  • The lack of workplace support for rural caregivers (Forbes)
  • The lack of workplace support for rural caregivers (Next Avenue)
  • Challenges of delivering babies in Greater Minnesota (TPT)
  • Study Shows Minnesota Caregivers Face Multiple Challenges (WNAX)
  • Caring for Children, Elders in Rural Areas Hits Working Caregivers Harder (Star Tribune)
  • Strengthening the workforce to improve pregnancy outcomes in rural areas (The Rural Monitor)
  • Closing of Obstetric Unit Means Hour Drive to Deliver for Some (The Northern Virginia Daily)
  • UMN Study Reveals Maternity Care Risks in Rural America (Minnesota Daily)
  • Rural hospitals closing at an alarming rate (Huffington Post)
  • Drop-in centers in rural Kansas aim to address dangers of isolation (Kansas City Public Radio)
  • Maternal health care is disappearing in rural America (Scientific American)
  • Big difference in life expectancy in different regions in the US (Healthline)
  • Rural hospitals in trouble (Radio Health Journal)
  • If you want to die young, move to rural America (Huffington Post)
  • Doctors are discouraging lesbians from getting pap smears (Shape Magazine)
  • LGBT community faces a variety of serious health problems (Healthline