Mental Health in Rural Populations: A Federal Perspective

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Individuals and families farming and ranching across our nation are familiar with the stress and uncertainty that comes with the agricultural lifestyle.  Yet we know that continual exposure to adverse conditions, be they physical, environmental or economic can wear away at even the most resilient of us.  This webinar will remind the audience of the importance of being aware of the signs of mental and behavioral stress, using words that lead to understanding and nurturing a community of openness in seeking and providing support.

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to...

  1. Apply the dual factor continuum model of mental health to differentiate patient/client functioning
  2. Describe and give examples of ways to increase awareness and minimize stigma regarding mental health issues
  3. Describe specific options for addressing mental health challenges
  4. Describe federal investments that are available to assist communities in providing support.

Funded by the generous support of:


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy


Diane M. Hall, Ph.D., MSEd

Senior scientist for policy and strategy in the Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, GA

Dr. Diane Hall leads the office’s work on translating science for policy use, policy analyses, and developing policy-relevant trainings. Diane also serves as CDC’s coordinator and point of contact for rural health work. Previously, Diane held several positions in CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention, where she worked on prevention of teen dating violence, intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and youth violence. Before coming to CDC, Diane held a faculty appointment at the University of Pennsylvania where she trained master’s-level students in psychology and school counseling. Diane earned her B.A. in Psychology from Hollins College and earned her MSEd in psychological services and her PhD in school, community, and child clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She has served on the board of the Association for Women in Psychology and currently serves on the Hollins University Board of Alumnae Directors. 

Paul David Moore, D.Ph.

Senior Health Policy Advisor to the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Executive Secretary for the National Advisory Committee for Rural Health and Human Services

Paul has experience related to rural healthcare of more than thirty years in community and hospital pharmacy. But his career reaches beyond just pharmacy as he has served as the CEO of a County Healthcare Authority, consisting of one of the nation’s earliest Critical Access Hospitals, the County EMS, a physician clinic and a Home Health Agency.

Natalie Roy, MPH (Moderator)

Chief Executive Officer

AgriSafe Network

As Chief Executive Officer of AgriSafe for over twenty years, Natalie Roy utilizes her public health training to improve the quality of health care offered to farm families. Natalie holds a Masters in Public Health from Tulane University. She is pleased to work in the area of agricultural health as it relates to her experience growing up on a farm in Canterbury New Hampshire.


Webinar: Mental Health in Rural Populations: A Federal Perspective
09/05/2019 at 12:00 PM (CDT)  |  Recorded On: 09/05/2019
09/05/2019 at 12:00 PM (CDT)  |  Recorded On: 09/05/2019
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Certificate: Mental Health in Rural Populations: A Federal Perspective
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