New research initiative focused on health in rural America

People who live in rural areas of the U.S. are 40% more likely to develop heart disease and have a 30% higher risk of stroke than people who live in urban areas. At least 20% of the U.S. population live in rural areas and these people face unique health challenges related to individual risk factors, social determinants of health and lack of access to health care.


To address this issue, the American Heart Association is funding a new $20 million scientific research initiative comprised of a network of special projects focused on advancing the understanding of the factors that impact health in rural America.

The five targeted research projects, which begin on July 1 and run for four years, include:

  • Implementation and Scale-up of the American Indian Structural Heart Disease Partnership (IN-STEP) at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Developing and Testing Drone-Delivered AEDs for Cardiac Arrests In Rural America at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina
  • Rural Community Peer Partnerships for Improving Methamphetamine-Associated Heart Failure Screening and Engagement at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon
  • Implementation and Evaluation of Pharmacist-Based Management of Chronic Heart Failure for Rural Veterans (PHARM-HF) at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California
  • GROW-RURAL: A Global to Rural Innovation Network to Adapt Evidence-Based Cardiovascular Interventions to Context at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Washington

To read more about this exciting initiative, check out our full release here!

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