Pilot Projects

The key mechanism through which INRPHA supports the development of new research on rural population health and aging is through our pilot grant program.

You can see the Year 1 request for proposals (RFP)  here.  We anticipate issuing the RFP for Year 2  proposals in fall 2020.  Any questions about the pilot proposal process can be directed to Leif Jensen (ljensen@psu.edu).

Year 1 Pilot Projects

Exploring Rural-Urban Differences in Polygenic Associations for Health among Older Adults in the United States
Jason D. Boardman, University of Colorado, Boulder

This project will use information from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to evaluate the extent to which genetic associations for health, health behaviors, and mortality are comparable among older adults residing in rural areas compared to those in urban areas.


Cognitive Functioning, Structural Disadvantage, and Social Integration among Older Adults: Rural-Urban Inequalities
Rebecca Glauber, University of New Hampshire

Glauber will analyze HRS data to examine differences across the rural-urban continuum in older adults’ cognitive functioning, and document the implications of county-level structural disadvantages and of social integration for observed residential differences.


Social Networks and Rural-Urban Cognitive Health Disparities
Adam Roth and colleagues, Indiana University

With this project, the researchers  will leverage data from the Person to Person Health Interview Study (P2P), a representative survey of Indiana residents, to identify the associations between geography and social network characteristics and evaluate alternative models of geography and social networks in trajectories of cognitive decline.


Exploring the Relationship between Medicare-Medicaid Dual-eligibility and Opioid Use Disorder among Older Adults Living in Rural America
Tse-Chuan Yang and Ben Shaw, University at Albany, SUNY

Using longitudinal-level data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) between 2013 and 2018, linked with community-level data from the US Census Bureau, Yang and Shaw seek to understand how rural older adults’ dual-eligibility contributes to the development of opioid use disorder (OUD) and implications of social isolation for this relationship.