UVM partners in national study on health in the rural South

Published: Jul. 14, 2019 at 2:37 PM EDT
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A new study is underway at the University of Vermont studying people who live in the rural South.

The study aims to understand why some who are born in those communities live shorter and less healthy lives when compared to their counterparts who live in the same counties, or in other parts of the country.

The six-year, $21.4 million study works with 50 investigators from 15 other institutions. They'll study about 4,000 multi-ethnic people from 10 of the most economically disadvantaged counties in Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Cat Viglienzoni spoke with Dr. Russell Tracy, a professor at the UVM Larner College of Medicine, about Vermont’s role and why the study is so important.