Promoting Community Health Collaboration between CTSA Programs and Cooperative Extension to Advance Rural Health Equity: Insights from a National Un-Meeting

Introduction: Addressing rural health disparities has unique challenges which require cross sector collaborations to address social determinants of health and help those in need get connected to care continuum.
Methods: We brought the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA), Institutional Development Award Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeACTR), and Cooperative Extension Programs together for a one-day semi-structured meeting to discuss collaborative opportunities to address rural health disparities. Session notes and event materials were analyzed for themes to facilitate collaboration such as defining rural, critical issues, and organizational strengths in support of collaboration.
Results: Across 16 sessions there were 26 broad topics of discussion. The most frequent topics included: “barriers and challenges,”, “strategies and opportunities, “and “defining rural.”
Conclusions: There is a growing understanding of the opportunity that collaboration between these large programs provides in addressing rural health disparities.

Michael S. Gutter, Extension Administration, University of Florida
LaToya O’Neal, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, University of Florida
Roberta Riportella, Extension Family and Community Health, Oregon State University
Laura Sugarwala, Center for Community Health and Prevention, University of Rochester
John Mathias, College of Social Work, Florida State University
Melissa J. Vilaro, STEM Translational Communication Center, University of Florida
Samantha R. Paige, STEM Translational Communication Center, University of Florida
Sarah M. Szurek, Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics, University of Florida
Giselle Navarro, UF Extension Administration, University of Florida
Claire Baralt, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, University of Florida
Robert Rhyne, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of New Mexico
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