Are you interested in improving your community?

You can earn money for yourself – and your community – through participation in the Change Club study.

We are looking for individuals from communities in New York and Texas to participate in a community-based civic engagement project.

What is the Change Club?

The Change Club Project: Evaluation of a Civic Engagement Approach to Catalyze Built Environment Change and Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Rural Residents


​The Change Club is a small group of residents who will meet regularly to change their community environment relative to food (such as in restaurants or schools) or physical activity opportunities (such as parks or walking trails) by following a civic engagement process facilitated by an extension educator.


Change Club groups are a part of a university-led research project to better understand if and how these activities affect individual behaviors (for example, walking) and health outcomes (for example, blood pressure) of adults in rural communities.


This project will take place in rural communities in New York and Texas. Over the course of the project, you can earn $75 per time point by providing annual health and behavioral information. Change Clubs will also receive up to $5,000 towards a community project.


There are a variety of different ways to participate in the project. You may participate as a Change Club Member or as a Community Resident, with various levels of participation. Check out our FAQs to learn more about participation options.

Let’s create healthy communities together!

Am I eligible to participate?

Residents in or nearby the following communities may be eligible to participate as Change Club members

Change Club Project Activities

What would I need to do?

Change Club Members Only

Interested in Participating?

To find out if you are eligible to participate as a Change Club Member, which includes all of the data collection activities (1-3) as well as regular group meetings, please complete this questionnaire*:

$75 compensation per timepoint**

To find out if you are eligible to participate in the Change Club project as a Community Resident, which only includes a survey (1), please complete this screening questionnaire*:

$75 compensation per timepoint**

* You can change your mind about participation at any time and ask to be withdrawn from the contact list. Please note that you still may receive up to 4 automated email messages.

** Payment is issued in Amazon e-gift cards for each completed round of data collection with an additional payment for completing all rounds. Full data collection will involve completing all data collection activities at enrollment and again at three additional annual timepoints

For more information, please check out our FAQs page.

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