The Partnered Evaluation of the Social Determinants of Health and Healthcare Resource Needs of Rural Veterans (NREC) (Teresa Hudson, Pharm.D., Ph.D., and Alyson Littman, Ph.D., Program PIs) is one of 16 newly-funded Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) Partnered Evaluation Initiatives nationwide conducting specific evaluations of initiatives with potentially high impacts on VA national policy. NREC has partnered with the VA Department of Rural Health (ORH) to provide ORH with data, including recommendations from Veterans and community stakeholders, and to inform strategic planning for policies and programs that will improve the health of Veterans living in rural areas. Specifically, NREC’s evaluation will assess the relationships between socioeconomic, cultural, and environmental factors – and geographical variation in access, utilization, quality, satisfaction and outcomes. It also will identify community, state, and federal entities with which ORH could form strategic partnerships to improve health and healthcare for Veterans in rural residence. The NREC consists of an Administrative core, located at the VA in North Little Rock, a Demography and Quantitative Analytics core, consisting of quantitative experts from Seattle and San Antonio, and a Qualitative core, consisting of qualitative experts from San Antonio and Little Rock.