According to the U.S. Census, approximately one-third of Iowa’s population lives in rural areas. Additionally, the Office of Management and Budget considers 17 of 30 defined statistical areas in Iowa to be micropolitan or rural.
Our unique location drives our work. We consider “rural” to be a context, a social determinant, a culture, and a skill set. We have a track record of research and publications in this strategic area. We are shaping scholarship by critically engaging with the definition of rurality, promoting rural health through novel approaches, and changing the face of what people view as rural contexts. Our students graduate with a keen understanding of public health in rural settings.
One key question we ask in this work is: How can evidence-based interventions be adapted to rural contexts, or can they be?
Here are some of the rural-health-related projects our faculty are currently engaged in:
Mental Health of Farming Communities
Translation of an Evidence-Based Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program into Rural Community-Based Prevention Network
Building a Bridge between Clinical and Community Care
Familial and Community-Based Social Networks of Older Adults in Rural Iowa
Improving Nutrition in Rural School Lunchrooms
HPV Vaccination Uptake in Rural Areas
West Liberty Community Health Survey