In 2008, Dr. Sid O’Bryant was introduced as the Institute’s Director of Rural Health Research. Dr. O’Bryant brought with him the Cochran County Aging Study, a longitudinal rural-based research project looking at the connection between cardiovascular disease risk factors and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Rechristened as Project FRONTIER (Facing Rural Obstacles to healthcare now Through Intervention, Education & Research), it has become the Research Group’s premier project.
What is Project FRONTIER?
Project FRONTIER is a rural-based research looking at the health conditions of adults and elders living in rural communities. Study participants are followed over time to test for changes in physical, mental, and cognitive health and the factors that may influence those changes. There are currently over 2000 data points collected from each participant, who will be recontacted every several years in order to track changes over time.
Who can participate?
Any person who is 40 or above and lives in one of the participating counties is eligible to participate. Project FRONTIER is currently running participants in Cochran, Parmer, Bailey and Hockley Counties.
What do participants have to do, and what do they get out of it?
The Project FRONTIER protocol consists of 4 parts: medical exam, blood draw, interview, and cognitive testing. The entire protocol takes around 3-4 hours to complete. All participants receive a reimbursement for their time and are mailed a feedback letter and copy of their clinical lab results and have the opportunity to designate a health care provider to receive the results as well.
For more information about Project FRONTIER and how to participate, please contact:
Lousinda Anguiano, (806) 893-3891 – Cochran
Rocio Carrasco, (806) 729-7352 – Parmer County
Cordelia Aguirre, (806) 946-6393 - Bailey County