The agendas are coming together for the Design and Dissemination Studios (DDS) for Region A in Charlottesville, VA on June 12th and in Region D for Little Rock, AR on June 25th. NOSORH and Rural PREP are still seeking potential researchers to join the agenda for the DDS. Funding is available to support travel. If you or someone you know is doing research in rural workforce-related areas, please contact Matt Strycker at

Paulius Mui, a first-year medical student at Medical College of Virginia, with a micro research project in progress titled “How do rural communities deal with losing their physician?”, will be one of the researchers on the agenda at the Region A DDS. His project examines how the looming shortages of rural physicians compound the myriad of existing healthcare challenges faced by rural patients. Understanding the perspective of rural residents and giving them a voice is an essential element in designing patient-centered solutions to improve health outcomes in rural communities.

The DDS at the Region D meeting will feature Enrique Camacho Jr, D. O., FM Resident (and his research mentor, Suporn Sukpraprut-Braaten, MSc, Ph.D.) presenting on their completed research: “Efficacy of OMT on Reducing Opioid Use in Patients with Chronic Back Pain.” Osteopathic spinal manipulation may be effectively incorporated in the clinical setting to safely reduce a patient’s dependency on opioid medications for treatment of their chronic back pain on selected patients.

Click here to register for the Region A or D Design and Dissemination Studios. Ten travel scholarships of up to $500 each are available for any rural stakeholder to attend each region, meaning twenty travel scholarships total. You do not have to be a part of Region A or D to attend this DDS, all stakeholders are welcome!

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