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Resources by Topic: Stigma

Depression in a Depressed Area: Deservingness, Mental Illness, and Treatment in the Contemporary Rural U.S.
Examines the concepts of health-related deservingness and local moral economics to understand the diversity of moral responses to depression for rural women living in Appalachian Kentucky, where economic distress has contributed to poor mental health. Women from a variety of ages, treatment encounters, work experiences, and family sizes, along with healthcare professionals from a variety of backgrounds and settings, participated in semi-structured interviews and focus groups.
Author(s): Claire Snell-Rood, Elizabeth Carpenter-Song
Citation: Social Science & Medicine, 219: 78-86
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
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Developing FAITHH: Methods to Develop a Faith-Based HIV Stigma-Reduction Intervention in the Rural South
Provides an overview of a pilot test of a faith-based intervention to address HIV-related stigma in rural Alabama. Discusses the factors that contribute to HIV stigma among African-Americans in the South.
Author(s): Erin L.P. Bradley, Madeline Y. Sutton, Eric Cooks, et al.
Citation: Health Promotion Practice, 19(5), 730-740
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Rural Health Opioid Program Funds Care Coordination Efforts for Recovery
Highlights programs funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy that provide opioid treatment and recovery care coordination. An Ohio program uses care coordination in an existing syringe exchange program and county family drug court, a Kentucky program focuses on helping prisoners, and a Montana program reaches new and expectant mothers.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Adult Experts' Perceptions of Telemental Health for Youth: A Delphi Study
Study exploring telemental health treatment based on online surveys of 25 adult experts, including mental health professionals, adults who experienced depression or suicidality as youth, and parents of youth with similar experiences, following the Delphi process. Discusses barriers to youth access to mental health services in rural and urban areas, including stigma, provider shortages, and transportation issues. Survey results also address the need for support of telemental health among healthcare organizations, especially in rural areas, and possible delivery modalities.
Author(s): Abigail Howard, Mindy Flanagan, Michelle Drouin, et al.
Citation: JAMIA Open, 1(1), 67-74
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
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Understanding Rural Communities
Podcast featuring an interview with Dennis Mohatt, the Vice President for Behavioral Health at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), discussing rural health and the stigma surrounding mental healthcare in rural communities. Covers what it means to work and collaborate with rural partners.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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Communicating about Opioids in Appalachia: Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices
Describes how opioids are affecting Appalachia and offers suggestions on how community-based organizations can promote prevention and treatment, and eliminate the stigma of addiction.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
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Preventing Farm-Related Stress, Depression, Substance Abuse, and Suicide
Discusses stressors specific to farmers, their families, and rural communities, offering information on recognizing signs of depression, substance abuse, and suicide risk. Offers strategies for managing stress and lists resources for suicide prevention, substance abuse treatment, and farm and ranch stress and depression. Part of the collected volume Surviving the Farm Economy Downturn.
Additional links: Surviving the Farm Economy Downturn
Author(s): Rebekka M. Dudensing, Samuel D. Towne, Carly E. McCord
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Southern Extension Risk Management Education, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Veteran Suicide: A Growing Problem in Colorado
A suicide prevention brief demonstrating how rural veterans and active duty service members in Colorado are disproportionally affected by suicide. Discusses the mental health status of veterans and barriers to accessing mental health services. Describes several strategies and prevention programs to help prevent veteran suicide.
Author(s): Karam Ahmad, Jaclyn Zubrzycki, Ashlie Brown, et al.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Population Density and AIDS-Related Stigma in Large-Urban, Small-Urban, and Rural Communities of the Southeastern USA
Examines three AIDS-related stigma mechanisms in men and women living with HIV in urban and rural areas of Southeastern U.S. Covers demographic and health characteristics by large-urban, small-urban, and rural areas, for example age, years of education, years since testing HIV+, medical mistrust, depression systems, and more.
Author(s): Seth Kalichman, Harold Katner, Ellen Banas, Moira Kalichman
Citation: Prevention Science, 18(5), 517-525
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
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Living with HIV in Rural America: Stigma and Other Barriers to Care
Video presentation highlighting the differences in HIV Care Continuum outcomes for persons living with HIV (PLWH) in rural and non-rural areas of the U.S. and territories. Discusses the types of stigma encountered, and identifies ways to lessen the stigma for PLWH accessing treatment in rural areas of the U.S. Audio for webinar starts at the 6 minute mark.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Author(s): Donna E. Sweet, John Nelson, Anna Kinder
Date: 01/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Innovation in HIV Care
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