Proposals sought for research of Appalachian ‘bright spots’ where health is better than socioeconomic factors would indicate

A three-year research project to determine factors that can support a culture of health in Appalachia and whether that knowledge can be translated into actions that address the region’s health disparities has released its Request for Proposal to invite proposals from qualified research teams and consultants who would like to work on this project.

The project,“Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots,” is sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and will run through the end of 2017.

The research for this project will identify Appalachian “bright spots,” where health outcomes are better than would be expected based on unemployment and poverty rates and other community factors, and try to figure out why. Researchesr will also try to determine why health outcomes in some communities are not as good as would be expected.

The request for proposals offers detailed guidelines for submissions, which are due June 8. Applicants are encouraged to register for a webinar, detailed on the RFP, to be held May 7 at 10 a.m. EDT. Click here for more information.

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