Developing a Research Agenda for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in High-Risk Rural Communities

Cathy L. Melvin is with the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston. Giselle Corbie-Smith, Thomas C. Ricketts, and Alice Ammerman are with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Shiriki K. Kumanyika is with the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Charlotte A. Pratt, Cheryl Nelson, Evelyn R. Walker, and Jane Harman are with the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD. Guadalupe X. Ayala is with the San Diego State University, San Diego, CA. Lyle G. Best is with the Missouri Breaks Industries Research Inc., Timber Lake, SD. Andrea L. Cherrington is with the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Christina D. Economos is with the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Medford, MA. Lawrence W. Green is with the University of California-San Francisco. Steven P. Hooker is with the University of South Carolina, Columbia. David M. Murray is with Ohio State University, Columbus. Michael G. Perri is with the University of Florida, Gainesville.
American Journal of Public Health (Impact Factor: 4.55). 04/2013; 110(6). DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300984
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The National Institutes of Health convened a workshop to engage researchers and practitioners in dialogue on research issues viewed as either unique or of particular relevance to rural areas, key content areas needed to inform policy and practice in rural settings, and ways rural contexts may influence study design, implementation, assessment of outcomes, and dissemination. Our purpose was to develop a research agenda to address the disproportionate burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and related risk factors among populations living in rural areas. Complementary presentations used theoretical and methodological principles to describe research and practice examples from rural settings. Participants created a comprehensive CVD research agenda that identified themes and challenges, and provided 21 recommendations to guide research, practice, and programs in rural areas. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print April 18, 2013: e1-e11. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2012.300984).

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