Transforming Trauma into Resilience: The Community Resiliency Model in Action
In the heart of rural communities, where close-knit bonds and shared experiences shape the fabric of daily life, the impact of trauma can be deeply felt. Whether it’s the aftermath of a natural disaster, the hidden wounds of domestic violence, or the cumulative weight of economic hardship, trauma leaves a mark on individuals and their…
Supporting Communities in Addressing Mental Health Challenges through Mental Health First Aid
Mental health is an essential part of our overall well-being. Just like physical health, it can be impacted by various factors, including genetics, life experiences, and environmental factors. However, it’s important to remember that mental health challenges can be invisible and that there is no one-size-fits-all way they look or feel. Mental health challenges are…
GRHIC and the Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities Host Maternal Mental Health Training
Maternal mental health is a growing health care crisis nationwide. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report on maternal mortality rates by state, Georgia has the seventh highest rate. Based on data from 2017-2019, the CDC reported that mental health conditions were among the most frequent underlying cause of pregnancy-related deaths…
Maternal Health Improvement Pilot Project: Expanding the Outreach of Rural Prenatal Care
The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center recognizes the value of creating community-centric models to improve availability and access to care, in particular, preserving local access to care. The Center has identified a unique opportunity to yield cutting-edge research data as part of its Maternal Mental Health Improvement Pilot Project.
GRHIC Study Finds First-Generation Farmers Experience Higher Stress Levels than Generational Farmers
In 2020, the Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center (GRHIC) partnered with the Georgia Foundation for Agriculture and the Georgia Farm Bureau to study the effects of farm stressors on mental health. An alarming finding of that study, published in 2022, is that first-generation farmers experience increased stressors, negative thoughts and feelings, and suicidal ideation compared to generational farmers.
Faith in Rural Health: Care for the Mind, Body, and Spirit
The Faith in Rural Health program fosters relationships between health care professionals and clergy in multiple rural Georgia counties.
Pediatric Mental Health Initiative Provides Crucial Resources for Rural School Systems
The Pediatric Mental Health Initiative (PMHI) provides free mental health counseling via telehealth to children in Georgia’s rural communities, many of which have limited or no mental health services.