INTERACTIONS OF INDIVIDUAL, FAMILY, COMMUNITY, AND POLICY CONTEXTS ON THE MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH OF DIVERSE RURAL LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

Project Details

Description

The analyses of the NC223/1011 project thus far have begun to illuminate the issues facing rural low income families. The dataset has provided a broad brush stroke for painting the picture of the issues and barriers rural mothers face in obtaining well-being. Health has emerged as having particular importance for families and has been found to relate to other systemic factors including employment and economic status, health insurance status, and access to health services providers. Rural families face barriers to being healthy that could be personal, familial, community-based or policy-driven. Having a better understanding of the confluence of these factors will enhance the ability to create policy and programs to promote healthy rural low-income families. More information is needed to identify the systemic levels of influence on health status and decision-making about health. For example, what prevents women from seeking the care they need How do women with and without health insurance navigate health systems What is the influence of SCHIP on the heath of rural children How do competing health needs within a family get prioritized How do long term health issues, or chaotic health, of family members influence family economic well-being Finally, we have no information on how state health policies affect decision-making and health status for rural families. This project will be uniquely positioned to increase understanding regarding mental and physical health and economics in rural America and the role that community plays in the overall well-being of rural, low-income residents. A better understanding of what promotes and inhibits rural family health can lead to improved quality of life for rural families, thus strengthening the vitality and sustainability of rural communities. Unhealthy families are not able to fully socially and economically contribute to their communities. These outcomes and impacts correspond to USDA Strategic Plan 2005-2010 Goals number 3 and 5: 'Support Increased Economic Opportunities and Improved Quality of Life in Rural America' and 'Improve the Nation's Nutrition and Health' and USDA North Central region priority 'Social Change and Development.' This project will assist in improving quality of life in rural America by demonstrating those factors which successfully contribute to positive mental and physical health and economic well-being within a family's ecological context.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date10/1/089/30/13

Funding

  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture (National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA))

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