Topics: Community engagement and volunteerism

NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: Involving Rural America in Research

graphic depicting concepts related to translational science


A new diagnosis of cancer? Of a rare disease? Or a chronic medical problem with seemingly no new treatment? The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences is supporting investigators and ensuring that their cutting-edge science gets to the people who need it. Translational science teams in Arkansas, Florida and Washington are making that happen in the rural areas of their states.

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October 23, 2019

Making Informed Decisions about Rural EMS

St. George ambulance


In rural America, many community members do not understand the skill level, training, and availability of the people who answer their 911 calls. The Informed Self-Determination Process helped the community of St. George, Maine learn about their EMS system and created consensus about what EMS would look like in their town.

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April 3, 2019

Recruitment and Retention: Overcoming the Rural EMS Dilemma

Humboldt’s EMS wreck extrication team rescues a driver from a motor vehicle collision.


Limited funding, expanding coverage areas, and a cultural shift in volunteerism across generations has motivated EMS leaders to find new recruitment methods that attract more personnel and keep them as long as possible.

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February 7, 2018

HEROs in Rural Health: Q&A with Art Kaufman

Dr. Arthur Kaufman


Dr. Art Kaufman discusses the Health Extension Rural Offices (HEROs) model, how he is helping promote the use of community health workers, and his work with the University of New Mexico’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center.

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January 10, 2018

Rural Youth Fight for Tobacco-Free Communities

Vermont’s Our Voices Xposed member speaks


Teens in Kentucky, Montana, and Vermont are raising awareness in their schools and communities about the dangers of tobacco. Their efforts have led to policy changes at the local and state levels.

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November 1, 2017

Coming Full Circle

Paula Lynch and Jeanne Berryman, HopeWest volunteers


After losing her son, Paula Lynch was helped by HopeWest Hospice’s Mending Hearts adult grief support program. She now gives back by helping others as she was helped.

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May 13, 2015