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Community is the Foundation of our Research

Community input throughout the RURAL Cohort Study is the heart of our research. We will include the community and participants at every stage of the research. By working with local leaders and community organizations, we will ensure your health concerns are recognized.


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We Value Your Input

Some members of our team will work with community members and local organizations to engage participants. We will provide a network in the rural counties between researchers, health-related providers, and local groups to address health outcomes.

We aim to share average results from the counties with community organizations and other groups in this network. This information may also guide future programs to improve health in their local area. All rural communities will have access to county-level findings as data becomes available throughout the study period.

Future Advisory Boards 

Our goal is to partner with communities for research. This requires the creation of advisory boards that are tailored to the needs of the communities. Our team will work with both participants and local organizations to create these advisory boards. These boards are participant focused and inspired by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

The community, participant, and ethics advisory boards will include community health workers, community members, participants, and some members of our team. They will meet regularly to ensure that we understand the health concerns of rural communities. This will allow our research to have the greatest benefit to participants and their communities.

Hiring Locally

There are many ways for community members to get involved with the RURAL Cohort Study. Either as a member of an advisory board, or as a community health worker. We will invest resources to ensure these community health workers are trained to a high standard. The training will ensure they are professional, caring, and very responsive to participants and their needs and preferences.

The first state that we will visit is Alabama in 2020!

In the following years, we will visit Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky. Check back in the coming months for more information.