News & Events

MEU Open House in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi (December 2022)

In December 2022, the Mississippi Core of the RURAL Study, OCH Regional Medical Center, the Mississippi Core Community Advisory Board (CAB), and Mississippi Core Resource Volunteers partnered together to carry out a kickoff program for the RURAL Study in Oktibbeha County. The kickoff program included an open house and tour... More

Mississippi Core Interview on WCBI

On October 20th, Drs. Ervin Fox and Celeste Reese, a member of the community engagement team for the Mississippi Core, were recently interviewed on the Mid-Morning Show with Scott Martin on WCBI. During the interview, Dr. Fox discussed the eligibility criteria, the arrival of the MEU to Oktibbeha County in... More

The MEU Has Moved to Oktibbeha County, Mississippi!

The MEU has officially moved to Oktibbeha County, Mississippi! The MEU is located  in Starkville, Mississippi, with MEU exams now underway. We thank the people of Dallas and Wilcox Counties, Alabama, for welcoming us into their communities and participating in the project. Our team from UAB will continue to engage with... More

Mississippi Health Organizations Partnered for a Community Health Fair

On June 11, 2022, the Oktibbeha County Health Fair was hosted by the Mississippi Core of the RURAL Study in partnership with the Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA). The health fair was held at the Mill Conference Center in Starkville, Mississippi. Everyone was invited to get a health screening, eye... More

The RURAL Study is heading to Camden, Alabama!

We are now recruiting Wilcox County residents ages 25-64 to participate in our research. You can receive up to $200 for participating, which only requires about 3 hours of time in person! Click here to tell us you're interested in participating.

NIH News in Health: Health in Rural America

About 20% of Americans live in rural parts of the country. Rural areas have more space, fewer people, and scenic landscapes. Residents often have a common sense of community. But living in a rural area can also bring challenges for staying healthy.

Heart & Lung Study Underway in Dallas Co.

A research study underway in Dallas County aims to prevent heart and lung disease in rural areas. Rural areas like Dallas County tend to be some of the most under-served in the country when it comes to healthcare. “Most people that live in rural areas don’t have access to medical... More

RURAL Study Hopes to Improve Health Outcomes in Mississippi

One in six Americans live in rural areas, including residents of Oktibbeha County. While living in these rural areas rather than big cities was advantageous to the overall welfare of Americans a few decades ago, University of Mississippi Medical Center cardiologist Dr. Ervin Fox said members of rural communities have... More

UAB Uses Mobile Clinic to Examine Disease Risk of Rural Southerners

One in six Americans lives in a rural county. These communities play a vital role in the United States’ economy, but their residents tend to live less healthy and shorter lives. The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health has started recruiting for a study that aims to answer the question... More

Now Hiring Locally in Alabama!

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is now recruiting candidates for 2 positions: Mobile Medical Examiner, which will work directly in the lab on the mobile exam unit, and Program Manager I - Mobile Exam Unit Please click the respective links below to see the job descriptions. All interested candidates should... More