A new National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant will fund home food delivery in rural Arkansas in an effort to reduce type-2 diabetes.
The National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health will be funding a five-year, $2.5 million study at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Northwest Regional Campus. Researchers will investigate the impact of healthy food deliveries, recipes and educational materials on the prevalence of type-2 diabetes in rural Arkansas.
In the study, the researchers will recruit 400 participants from clinics with rural populations. Individuals will be randomly selected to receive home food delivery plus standard care or only standard care. Both groups of individuals will be followed for one year, and the researchers will track the outcomes and analyze the cost-effectiveness of the home food deliveries.
Chris Long, Ph.D., will serve as the study’s principal investigator. Long is the senior director of research and evaluation at the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus’ Office of Community Health and Research.
“Our long-term goal is to transform rural residents’ management of type 2 diabetes,” Long said in a statement.
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