Funding: This study was funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research, and National Heart Blood and Lung Institute Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) 1R15NR009218-01A. The authors have no conflict of interest to report.
Acknowledgments: The authors would thank the rural women who participated in this study. In addition we would like to acknowledge the assistance of community liaisons Phyllis Highland, MA, Unionville, VA; Mary Hamil Parker, PhD, Alexandria, VA; Vera Buel, BS, Delaware County Public Health Nursing Service; & Dottie Kruppo, Delaware Valley Hospital, Walton, NY. We would like to acknowledge the following RNs for their interventions and assistance in data collection: Mary X. Britten, EdD;1 Maureen Daws, PhDC;1 Alison Dura, MS;1 Theresa N. Grabo, PhD (retired);1 Yvonne Johnston, MPH;1 Irma H. Mahone, PhD;3 Donna Morgan, PhD;1 Mary Ann Nemcek PhD (retired);1 Judy Quaranta, MS;1 Elizabeth Reese, MS (retired);1 Fran Srnka-Debnar, MS;1 and former DSON graduate students Mary Ann Barron, MS, and Elizabeth Austin, PhD. We would like to acknowledge the contribution of the following people for their input into the original concept and design of this study: Geri Britton, PhD;1 Theresa N. Grabo, PhD (retired);1 Gale Spencer, PhD;1 and Elizabeth Merwin, PhD.3 A special acknowledgement goes to the over 50 undergraduate nursing students from the Decker School of Nursing, who assisted with the screenings and data collection in this R15 study. We would like to acknowledge Sedar Atav, PhD;1 and Stephen Samuels, PhD (retired);1 for their assistance with statistical analysis. In addition, we would like to thank Malgosia Krasuska, PhD;1 Lindsay Lake Morgan, PhD (retired);1 Mary Ann Swain, PhD;1 and Steve Wiitala, PhD, for their assistance in manuscript preparation.