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.

 
 

Team

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RESEARCHERS

Man-pui Sally Chan
Ph.D.

Bita Fayad

Ph.D.

Benjamin X. White

Dolores Albarracin

Ph.D.

Liliane Windsor

Ph.D., M.S.W.

Liliane Windsor

Ph.D., M.S.W.

Marta Durantini

Ph.D.

Alex Karan

Ph.D.

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Aashna Sunderrajan

Ph.D.

Bo Li

Ph.D.

Alex Morales

Judith Feinberg Ph.D., M.D.

Patrick E. Jamieson Ph.D.

Thomas O’Brien Ph.D.

Edgardo José Ortiz-Sánchez

ADVISORS

Bita Fayad

Nikita Borisov

Ph.D.

Edward W.Boyer

Ph.D., M.D.

Alex Morales

Dov Cohen

Ph.D.

Julia Dickson-Gomez Ph.D.

Bita Fayad

Carol Galletly

Ph.D.

Laura Glasman

Ph.D.

Alex Morales

David Holtgrave

Ph.D.

Kathleen H. Jamieson Ph.D.

Bita Fayad

Carl Latkin

Ph.D.

Chadly Stern

Ph.D.

Alex Morales

Hari Sundaram

Ph.D.

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

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.

 
 

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.  

 

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

States, Counties, and Types of Agencies 
 

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