Author Archives: Allee Mead

About Allee Mead

Allee Mead is a web writer for the Rural Health Information Hub. She has written on important rural issues, including maternal mortality and farmers’ mental health, and has presented nationally on RHIhub’s opioid resources. Originally from rural North Dakota, she has a master’s degree in English and is currently a doctoral student. Full Biography

Preventing Farmer Suicides through Helplines and Farm Visits

Meg Moynihan, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Senior Advisor of Strategy & Innovation, on her organic dairy farm. Photograph by Cory Ryan, courtesy of UMN School of Public Health


Difficult economic conditions have caused many farmers to experience high levels of stress and a sense of hopelessness about saving their business and way of life. The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline and NY FarmNet are working to improve farmers’ mental health and prevent suicides.

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May 15, 2019

Peer Support Specialists Care for and Connect Rural Behavioral Health Clients

Gloriana Hunter poses with her dog Pepe Ricardo


Peer support specialists are trained laypeople in recovery with a mental health condition or substance use disorder who act as mentors and coordinators for clients with similar behavioral health issues. PSSs in rural Arizona, Michigan, and North Dakota share the challenges and successes they see in their communities.

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February 6, 2019

Strengthening the Workforce to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Areas

Dr. John Cullen, holding two babies he delivered


Obstetric services were available in 205 fewer rural hospitals in 2014 than in 2004. Realizing the importance of maternity and childbirth services, a CAH in Alaska works to keep its providers’ skills sharp and a rural OB-GYN residency program in Wisconsin is beginning to train a new generation of physicians.

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July 11, 2018

Oregon Washington Health Network and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center “Tackle Everything” to Improve the Health of Local Community Members

Peer mentor graduating class held in La Grande, OR, in March 2018


The Oregon Washington Health Network and the Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center are addressing behavioral health challenges through peer counselors and heart disease/cancer prevention through community education. In addition, they’re collaborating with local healthcare facilities and medical schools to improve recruitment and retention.

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June 13, 2018

Relationships and Partnerships: How ACOs Are Improving Treatments for Super-Utilizers

Patients and staff at Gritman Medical Center: Potlatch Family Care


Super-utilizers are those patients who are hospitalized multiple times each year and, due to circumstances outside their control, are unable to make the changes needed to keep them out of the ER. Three rural Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) are working on reducing these readmissions and improving their super-utilizers’ health.

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May 30, 2018