The new National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded Interdisciplinary Network on Rural Population Health and Aging (INRPHA) facilitates innovative research on the multilevel and multidimensional exposures shaping and being shaped by health and aging trends among different rural populations and regions in the United States.

INRPHA has five key priority areas:

  1. Identify trends and disparities in middle-age and older adult health and well-being across different types of rural areas and among different vulnerable populations within rural areas and identify mechanisms driving these trends and disparities.
  2. Identify the implications (e.g., social, economic, political, and infrastructural) of population health and aging trends in rural areas.
  3. Identify relationships between economic livelihood strategies, economic well-being, and health among middle- and older-age adults in rural America.
  4. Identify the contributions of physical and/or social isolation on physical, mental, and cognitive health and healthy aging in different rural areas.
  5. Identify where and how exposures to environmental change and/or climate hazards have affected rural middle-age and older populations.