Research, Initiatives & Policy Briefs

The California Center for Rural Policy promotes evidence-based policy and planning research of rural communities. Using community-based participatory research (CBPR) methods, we identify geographies of inequality to inform policies aimed at reducing disparities. Our research also takes a sociospatial approach, considering the health of individuals within biological, familial, social, geographic, economic, and policy contexts.

See CCRP’s research topics, and read published findings and recommendations.

Place-based Initiatives

Place-based efforts focus energy, funding, and leadership on changing neighborhoods with poor health outcomes. Grants provided by these initiatives focus on policy, system, and environmental work that will improve communities long into the future.

Community Health & Wellness Indicators

These studies highlight the disparities in healthcare access, cost, and quality between local communities and more populated areas. CCRP also studies oher factors affecting the overall health of rural populations -- such as transportation and breast cancer screenings.


CCRP is part of Redwood Coast Connect (RCC), a consortium of six organizations whose goal is to make broadband internet available to all residents in Humboldt, Del Norte, Mendocino, and Trinity counties. The RCC studies broadband demand, infrastructural challenges, and improvements made by diverse connections to the internet. 

Food Security & Food Policy Council

In conjunction with a network of local nonprofits, CCRP examines Humboldt County’s food system--each of the stages that take our food from “farm to table.” We also study innovative rural projects that address food insecurity, food access, and pantry services.

Health & Human Services

Health and health care from educational, technological, tribal and economic perspectives.

Oral Health

CCRP evaluated Humboldt County’s Teaching Oral Optimism Throughout Humboldt (TOOTH) program, which provides school-based education and preventative services for children and their families. CCRP also created a strategic plan that recommends effective and efficient services to improve the oral health of low-income children in Humboldt County.

Wealth Creation

The quickest way to improve the health of rural people is to improve economic opportunities.  With that in mind, CCRP examined poverty rates by region, age, and race/ethnicity. The findings presented here highlight the need to adopt policies that expand jobs opportunities, improve infrastructure, provide professional development to retain employees— all of which are critical for the future of real communities.

Child Care & Schools

From child care needs to the use of restoritative justice and practices in the school systems, CCRP addressed a host of issues and trends that affect the lives of youth throughout the Redwood Coast region.

Redwood Region Data

Maps from early research studies that provide a spatial snapshot of what’s happening in rural communities of Humboldt, Del Norte, Trinity, and Mendocino counties.

CCRP’s early research

Archive of CCRP’s early research.

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