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

A Rural Therapist and School Program Address Teen Mental Health

Carey Meyer (left) and Rebecca Schoenike, adult advisors for Clintonville High School’s Sources of Strength program.


Rural teens face a higher prevalence of behavior problems, anxiety, and suicide rates than their urban peers, but there are fewer behavioral health providers in rural areas to help these teens. A trauma therapist in rural West Virginia and a school program in rural Wisconsin incorporate teenagers’ strengths and interests and connect them with trusted adults in order to improve their mental health.

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January 25, 2023

Increasing Knowledge of Palliative Care in South Dakota

graphic showing aspects of palliative care


Palliative care, designed to treat the symptoms of a serious illness at any stage of diagnosis, is associated with better outcomes like higher patient satisfaction. Despite these benefits, many people in rural communities cannot access these services or don’t know what palliative care is. The South Dakota Palliative Care Network is working to increase knowledge of palliative care among rural healthcare professionals, nursing students, and community members.

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November 16, 2022

Telehealth Brings Important Services to Rural Long-Term Care Facilities

Avel eCare’s trained geriatric clinician partnering with a local site through an encounter.


A skilled nursing facility in New Hampshire and national experts share the benefits telehealth services can bring to the residents and staff of rural long-term care facilities as well as the challenges some facilities face in providing these services.

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August 31, 2022

National Health Service Corps 50th Anniversary: Q&A with Dr. Luis Padilla

Dr. Luis Padilla


Dr. Luis Padilla, Associate Administrator for HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce and Director of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC), discusses the NHSC’s 50th anniversary and the organization’s many initiatives to bring healthcare professionals to underserved communities.

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June 29, 2022

RESEP Clinics Help Rural Residents Access Care and Compensation After Radiation Exposure

A warning sign for radioactivity from an abandoned Uranium Mine in the area of Horseshoe Mesa at the Grand Canyon


Nuclear weapons testing from 1945 to 1962 and uranium mining from 1943 to 1971 exposed workers and community members living near the mines or testing sites to harmful levels of radiation that can lead to cancer and other illnesses. Radiation Exposure Screening and Education Program (RESEP) grants help healthcare organizations provide screenings, referrals for medical treatment, and other services to this population. Two grantees, the Navajo Area RESEP and the Southwestern Utah RESEP, share their stories.

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June 1, 2022

Bringing Mental Health Services to Rural Residents

graphic with the words mental health and related icons


A new library initiative in Texas and an established crisis line in Georgia are bringing mental health services directly to rural residents through teams of lay mental health workers and mental health professionals.

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May 4, 2022

Parent Partners Provide Mentoring and Support in Rural Iowa

the word mentoring written on a notepad


Parent Partners is a statewide program in Iowa that pairs families whose children have been removed from the home with mentors with shared experience who have successfully navigated the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) system. These mentors coach, advocate, and connect their clients with community resources.

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March 23, 2022

“It’s the relationships”: Q&A with Peggy Broussard Wheeler

Peggy Broussard Wheeler


Peggy Broussard Wheeler, Vice President of Policy at the California Hospital Association, discusses the challenges that the hospitals in her state and nationwide have faced before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also shares rural hospitals’ unique strengths and the importance of collaboration and relationships.

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January 19, 2022

It Takes a Village: Rural Recruitment and Retention

physician greeting a family


Healthcare facilities in Kansas and North Dakota and national organizations discuss the challenges of recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals in rural areas and share solutions, including partnering with local schools and businesses as well as other healthcare facilities.

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November 3, 2021

Doulas Provide Support for Maternal and Infant Health in Rural Communities

pregnant woman and doula


Three programs across rural America demonstrate how doulas improve birth outcomes by providing prenatal, labor, and postpartum support. A New Mexico program reaches American Indian, Hispanic, and other populations who lack nearby labor/delivery units; a Minnesota program works with moms experiencing incarceration; and a North Dakota program is training postpartum doulas who will care for families impacted by opioid use disorder and other substance use.

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October 6, 2021