Background Materials


Peruse the following background resources to help make the most of your Un-Meeting experience. Un-Meeting discussion topics will be identified by attendees in real time, but examples of potential topics of interest include food insecurity, the opioid epidemic, geographic disparities, experiential learning opportunities, social determinants of health, healthy environments, rural diversity and cultural identity, access to health care, occupational health, opportunities for regional collaboration and bridging silos across sectors and disciplines. We hope these materials help spark collaboration among the translational research, cooperative extension and other sectors to improve rural health and achieve health equity.

Briefing Book

Download a digital briefing book with speaker information, event transportation and other logistics, attendee bios, and Un-Meeting tips.

Resources Shared by Attendees

Check out a table of resources shared by attendees related to rural health and health equity, which is searchable and sortable by state.

CTSA Program, IDeA Program and Cooperative Extension

CTSA Program

The NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Science’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program supports a national network of medical research institutions — called hubs ― that work together to improve the translational research process to get more treatments to more patients more quickly.  The hubs, including the University of Florida through the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute, collaborate locally and regionally to catalyze innovation in training, research tools and processes. Learn more:

IDeA Program

The NIH National Institute of General Medical Sciences’ Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program builds research capacities in states that historically have had low levels of NIH funding by supporting faculty development; infrastructure improvements; and clinical, translational and basic research. The program also enhances the ability of investigators to compete successfully for additional research funding and serves the research needs of medically underserved communities. Learn more:

Cooperative Extension

The Cooperative Extension System (CES), in partnership with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, is translating research into action by bringing cutting-edge discoveries from research laboratories to those who can put the knowledge into practice. CES empowers farmers, ranchers and communities of all sizes to meet the challenges they face, adapt to changing technology, improve nutrition and food safety, prepare for and respond to emergencies and protect our environment. CES is operated through the nation’s Land-Grant University System in partnership with federal, state and local governments. Learn more:

Rural Health and Health Equity

National Resources

Frameworks for Research and Action

Policy Resources

Background Reading