Alabama Recruitment and Community Activities

Are you interested in participating in our study, between the ages of 25-64, and live in either Dallas or Wilcox county?

Please fill out this form, call, or email us to see if you qualify for the study!

Online Form

Phone: 1-888-RURALST (1- 888-787-2578)

Email: RURALstudy@uab.edu



Alabama Recruitment and Community Activities 2022

Alabama News Network Segment

In January 2022, Dr. Suzanne Judd, a Multiple Principal Investigator (MPI) of the RURAL Study, and David Rhodes, the Director of Clinical Operations for the RURAL Mobile Evaluation Unit, spoke on the Alabama News Network about the RURAL Study in Dallas County. The news segment can be viewed here.


Alabama Recruitment and Community Activities 2021

MEU Open House for CAB Members and Dallas County Stakeholders

In December 2021, the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) team planned mini-tours of the Mobile Examination Unit (MEU) for Community Advisory Board (CAB) members and other guests in Selma, AL. This allowed CAB members to meet the MEU staff and other CAB members, and for the CAB members to learn more about the Study and what happens during the MEU exam.

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  • MEU Open House for CAB Members

  • MEU Open House for CAB Members

Radio Advertisement Campaign

Dr. Shauntice Allen, the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Alabama State Core, recorded radio advertisements at a local radio station in Valley Grand to promote the Study. The radio advertisements have been airing in Dallas County since November 2020 and were refreshed in September 2021.

MEU Arrives in Dallas County and MEU Exams start

In August 2021, the Mobile Examination Unit (MEU) arrived in Selma, Alabama. The next month, in September 2021, we began participant examinations in the MEU for Dallas County.

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  • MEU in Selma

  • MEU in Selma

MEU Arrives in Alabama at University of Alabama, Birmingham

In June 2021, the Mobile Examination Unit (MEU) arrived in Birmingham, Alabama. The University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) team has been preparing to the start of in-person examinations.

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  • MEU in Birmingham

  • MEU in Birmingham

  • MEU in Birmingham

Radio Interview

In January 2021, Dr. Shauntice Allen, the Principal Investigator (PI) of the Alabama State Core, interviewed with the New 100.9 ALEX-FM WALX for their Local Focus Special Feature, to discuss the RURAL Study. The video can be found on the radio station’s Facebook page .

Mailing Invitations to Dallas County

In January 2021, the RURAL Study kicked-off by mailing invitations to community members in Dallas County, inviting them to participate in the Study. The Study will also visit Wilcox County in 2022.

If you have received an invitation in the mail, please call us at 1-888-RURALST (1- 888-787-2578) or email us at RURALstudy@uab.edu

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  • Community Recruitment Activities

  • Community Recruitment Activities

  • Community Recruitment Activities

  • Community Recruitment Activities

  • Community Recruitment Activities


Alabama Recruitment and Community Activities 2020

November 2020 Billboards in Dallas and Wilcox County

RURAL Study billboards were put up in both Selma and Wilcox counties in November 2020.

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  • Billboard in Selma

November 2020 Visit to Orrville (Dallas County)

On November 13th, 2020, the RURAL Study held a table event at the Dollar General in Orrville, Alabama to engage with community members and distribute promotional materials. The Study team met with a representative from Mayor Lumpkin’s office, who shared information about a new grocery store, boutique, and library coming to Orrville. The team also met with Austin Williams, Community Outreach Liaison for the Grist Brown Memorial YMCA of Selma-Dallas County. The day ended with a tour of Selmont/Tipton led by Minister May Richmond.

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  • Visit to Orrville (November 2020)

  • Visit to Orrville (November 2020)

  • Visit to Orrville (November 2020)

2020 RURAL Mask Initiative

To both help stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and continue community outreach, the RURAL Study designed and distributed 1,000 reusable masks to residents of Dallas and Wilcox Counties in 2020.

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  • 2020 RURAL Mask Initiative

  • 2020 RURAL Mask Initiative

  • 2020 RURAL Mask Initiative


Dallas and Wilcox County Community Advisory Boards (2020-2021)

Community is an important aspect of the RURAL Study. To obtain community input, the Study established a Community Advisory Board (CAB) in Dallas and Wilcox Counties during the Summer of 2020. The community advisory board meets four times a year and is made up of fourteen community members from both counties.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or comments, please call us at 1-888-RURALST (1- 888-787-2578) or email us at RURALstudy@uab.edu

Click here to learn more about the RURAL Study’s Alabama team!

Click here to visit the Alabama RURAL Study Facebook page!