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Kevin J. Bennett, PhD

Associate Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine, Deputy Director South Carolina Rural Health Research Center.

Contact Information
(803) 434-3611
3209 Colonial Dr.
Columbia, SC 29203
E-Mail: kevin.bennett@uscmed.sc.edu

Family and Preventive Medicine
Division of Research

BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1997
MS, James Madison University, 2001
PhD, University of South Carolina, 2004

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Research Focus

Dr. Bennett’s research agenda focuses upon care delivery for vulnerable populations, such as non-whites, rural residents, and those with chronic diseases.   In particular, his research focuses upon how rural minorities experience problems related to access to health care services, utilization of these services, and out-of-pocket expenditures for services.  In addition to this work, Dr. Bennett also conducts quality improvement research, which focuses upon the use of health information technology and systems redesign as tools to improve care delivery, particularly among vulnerable and underserved populations.

Current Projects

  • Probst JC (PI), Bennett KJ (Co-I).  Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration; South Carolina Rural Health Research Center.  2012-2016.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Coordinating Center for Research and Training to Promote the Health of People with Developmental and Other Disabilities. 2012-2016. Role: Co-Investigator, 10% effort
  • Bennett KJ (PI). Upper Midlands Rural Health Network.  Evaluation of Upper Midlands Rural Health Network Rural Health HIT Network Development Grant.  September 2013-August 2017.
  • Bennett KJ (PI). Abbeville Area Medical Center. Evaluation of a Case Study of the Impact of the Community Paramedicine Program on Abbeville Area Medical Center.   September 2013-August 2015.

Past Projects

  • Health Sciences South Carolina.  August 2009 – July 2011.  Principal Investigator. Quality Improvement Collaboration in A Rural Network: The Interaction of Health Information Technology and Performance, 20% effort ($250,000).
  • Health Sciences South Carolina.  April 2009 – March 2011.  Co-Investigator.  Experience in Quality Improvement for Practice for Primary Care.  10% effort, In kind. ($482,554).
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, K02 Independent Scientist Award.  2007-2011.  Principal Investigator.  Chronic Care Quality Improvement Learning Laboratory (CQuILL), 75% effort ($384,594).