Grid for The Reduction of Vulnerability

 The

 GROV

A space connecting researchers, officials, and community members who are concerned with public health services and policies relevant to health in US rural communities.

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Team

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RESEARCHERS

Professor of Business, Psychology, & Medicines

University of Illinois

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Dolores Albarracin

Ph.D.

Marta Durantini

Ph.D.

Man-pui Sally Chan
Ph.D.

Man-pui Sally Chan
Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor of Psychology

University of Illinois

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Man-pui Sally Chan
Ph.D.

Research Professor of Social Work

University of Illinois

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Marta Durantini

Ph.D.

Ph.D. candidate in Economics 

Lehigh University

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Bita Fayad

Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Statistics

University of Illinois

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Bo Li

Ph.D.

postdoctoral researcher

Yale University

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Thomas O’Brien Ph.D.

Professor of Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry

West Virginia University

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Judith Feinberg Ph.D., M.D.

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Postdoctoral researcher

University of Illinois

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Aashna Sunderrajan

Ph.D.

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Lab manager in Psychology

University of Illinois

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Sehr Amer

ADVISORS

Associate Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering 

University of Illinois

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Bita Fayad

Nikita Borisov

Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

Harvard University

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Edward W.Boyer

Ph.D., M.D.

Professor of Psychology

University of Illinois

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Alex Morales

Dov Cohen

Ph.D.

Professor of Epidemiology

Medical College of Wisconsin

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Julia Dickson-Gomez Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science

Medical College of Wisconsin

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Laura Glasman

Ph.D.

Dean, School of Public Health

University at Albany, SUNY

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Alex Morales

David Holtgrave

Ph.D.

Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor of Communication

University of Pennsylvania

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Kathleen H. Jamieson Ph.D.

Professor of Health, Behavior & Society 

Johns Hopkins University

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Bita Fayad

Carl Latkin

Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

University of Illinois

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Chadly Stern

Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Advertising

University of Illinois

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Alex Morales

Hari Sundaram

Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine

University of Wisconsin

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Ryan P. Westergaard Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Computer Science

University of Illinois

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ChengXiang Zhai

Ph.D.

ABOUT

The GROV

Oftentimes, the communities most affected by health crises (e.g., the COVID-19 pandemic, the opioid epidemic, outbreaks of measles) are rural ones, left in physical and social isolation. These impacted communities and other concerned parties have no centralized access to reliable information and often lack the necessary power to enact beneficial policies (e.g., implementing syringe exchange programs, expanding testing and prevention). In addition to the improvement of overextension in health workers, policymakers require to identify needs and solutions to the crisis, and rural inhabitants need effective approaches to receive and share concise information and to counteract misconceptions. This grid pursues these goals and tests innovative methods of public health communication.

The GROV is a network of researchers and state/local health departments united by the goal of investigating, communicating, and pursuing practical solutions for rural communities.

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Target

Areas: Opioid Epidemic, Vaccines, COVID-19

The Opioid Epidemic: In 2016, Van Handel et al. used a number of indicators to calculate an HIV/HCV vulnerability score for each US county to identify which were most vulnerable. On top of securing vulnerability scores for HIV/HCV, the scores also reveal many counties in the Midwest and Appalachia that are particularly vulnerable to the US opioid epidemic.

 

The GROV comprises state health agencies and county health departments from many of these vulnerable regions (see the left panel of below figure for vulnerable states/counties and the right panel for those partnered with the GROV) and as of July 2018, includes 42% of the most vulnerable counties in the Midwest and Appalachia while other health departments continue to join.  

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Our

Partners

Health Departments
  • Georgia Department of Public Health

  • Indiana State Department of Health

  • Kansas Department of Health & Environment*

  • Kentucky Health Department*

  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services*

  • Missouri Department of Health*

  • Ohio Department of Health*

  • Tennessee Department of Health*

  • Virginia Department of Health*

  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources 

*represented via specific county health departments

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