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 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.
Georgia Public Health Association Annual Conference 2022
GRHIC team members presented topics and posters on programs impacting rural Georgia.
Mental Health First Aid Program: Spreading Mental Health Awareness to the Masses
On September 18, 2021 Dr. Kedrick Williams, Community Resource and Assessment Specialist, Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center (The Center) and Dr. Sharon Jones, Certified Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor, hosted the second virtual MHFA training session for Sumter County. This interactive course was attended by 14 participants comprised of Phoebe Sumter Medical Center team…
Chris Scoggins, MPH, Speaker at Two Georgias Conference
On August 4, 2021, Chris Scoggins, MPH, Director of Special Projects, represented the Center as a panelist at the Two Georgias Initiative’s “Bridging to the Future” conference. The Two Georgias Initiative is a five year grant program funding 11 health partnerships across rural Georgia. The program was created, and is managed by, the Healthcare Georgia…
MUSM, GRHIC Accepting Applicants for New Rural Healthcare Ethics Program
Dr. Brian Childs and Dr. Lauren Bunch, professors at Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), hosted an informational webinar Aug. 11 on Rural Healthcare Ethics. This session, open to all clinicians and healthcare administrators in Georgia, covered a brief description of healthcare ethics in the rural space and the value it can add to patient…