What is REACH?

Children growing up in rural and medically underserved communities face unique challenges, and may not always have adequate access to educational opportunities that provide experiences with cultivating biomedical knowledge and interest in scientific careers.  With funding provided by a National Institute of Health Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), we will work with schools located in rural and American Indian / Alaska Native communities throughout Montana, Idaho, and Alaska to test the overall hypothesis that the REACH program, with a focus on PM2.5, cardiovascular and population health, can be successfully utilized in rural, underserved areas to increase middle/high students’ interest in careers in basic and clinical medical research.

Improving Rural Population Health through Air Quality and Cardiovascular Health Education
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Funding Agency: Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), National Institutes of Health, National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Grant Number: 1 R25 GM129849-01A1

Principle Investigator : 

Tony Ward, PhD
School of Public and Community Health Sciences
University of Montana
Phone:  (406) 243-4092

Specific Aims