Health Outcomes Among Children & Families Living in Rural Communities- Agenda

December 1-2, 2011
Masur Auditorium, National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD


The purpose of this two-day conference is to bring together community members, researchers, health professionals, educators, policy makers, and members of professional organizations to identify gaps in research and address emerging differences between health outcomes for children and families living in rural communities compared to those in urban areas. This conference will serve as a catalyst to stimulate collaborative research to fully understand the impact of high-risk health behaviors, negative health indicators, and limited access to high-quality care on the short- and long-term health of children and their families living in rural areas.


  • Examine the current state of child health in rural communities including physical, mental, emotional, and behavioral health conditions and the factors that contribute to adverse health behaviors and outcomes.
  • Identify evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies for improving health outcomes among children living in rural communities.
  • Identify new approaches for improving recruitment and retention of rural populations in prevention, intervention, and health services research, particularly hard-to-reach (e.g., geographically isolated, Tribal populations) and high-risk populations (e.g., children with disabilities, racial/ethnic minority groups, low income).
  • Identify strategies essential to facilitate future research towards improving short- and long-term child health outcomes in rural communities (e.g., developing new technologies, creating collaborative funding opportunities, enhancing workforce development).


Thursday, December 1, 2011

8:00 am




8:30 am

Welcome and Introductions

Della Brown White, Ph.D.
Program Director, Division of Special Populations, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D.

Yvonne T. Maddox, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, NICHD, NIH

Regina Smith James, M.D.
Director, Division of Special Populations, NICHD, NIH



9:00 – 11:45 am

Current State of Child Health in Rural Communities: Rural Context, Epidemiology, and Etiology

Moderator: Denise Dougherty, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor, Child Health and Quality Improvement, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality



9:00 am

Growing Up Rural: An Overview of Children's Health Status in Rural America  (PDF - 1.7 MB)

Janice C. Probst, Ph.D.
Director, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center, and Professor, Department of Health Services Policy & Management, School of Public Health, University of South Carolina



9:35 am

Rural Perinatal Care: Risk, Process, and Outcomes

Mark Doescher, M.D., M.S.P.H.
Director, Washington-Wyoming-Alaska-Montana-Idaho (WWAMI) Rural Health Research Center, and Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Washington



10:05 am




10:20 am

Oral Health Among Mexican American Farmworker Children (PDF 1.37 MB)

Judith C. Barker, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Anthropology, History & Social Medicine, and Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences, and Director, Center to Address Children’s Oral Health Disparities, University of California, San Francisco



10:50 am

Dietary and Herbal Supplement Use in Rural Communities: Implications for Child Health Outcomes  (PDF - 627 KB)

Paula Gardiner, M.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Director, Integrative Medicine, Boston Medical Center, and Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine



11:20 am

Panel Session Questions


11:45 am

Lunch (On Your Own)


1:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Strategies

Moderator: James A. Griffin, Ph.D.,
Deputy Branch Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch, NICHD, NIH


1:00 pm

Addressing Gaps in Rural Preventive Intervention Research Through Community-University Partnerships  (PDF - 2 MB)

Richard Spoth, Ph.D.
F. Wendell Miller Senior Prevention Scientist, Director, Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute, Iowa State University


1:30 pm

Childhood Obesity: Strategies to Prevent Future Chronic Diseases (PDF - 1.33 MB)

Monica L.Baskin, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham



2:00 pm

Family Stress, Child Competence and School-Based Prevention: Building a Healthy Rural Population  (PDF - 2.17 MB)

Mark Greenberg, Ph.D.
Bennett Chair of Prevention Research, Director, Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, Pennsylvania State University



2:30 pm

Panel Session Questions 



2:50 pm




3:05 pm – 4:55 pm

Recruitment and Retention of Hard-to-Reach and High-Risk Populations

Moderator: Gabriela Boscan
Program Services Manager, National Rural Health Association



3:05 pm

Inclusion of Families of Children with Disabilities in Health Services Research  (PDF - 1.23 MB)

Alexandra Enders, OTR/L
Senior Research Associate, Research and Training Center on Rural Rehabilitation, Rural Institute on Disabilities, University of Montana



3:35 pm

Stigma and Distrust: Engaging Marginalized Populations in Research/HIV Prevention Among Rural African American Youth (PDF - 182 KB)

Velma McBride Murry, Ph.D.
Betts Chair, Education and Human Development, Professor Human and Organizational Development; Director, Center for Research on Rural Families and Communities, Vanderbilt University



4:05 pm

Tribal Experiences – Lessons to Guide Recruitment of Rural and Diverse Populations  (PDF - 1.32 MB)

Terry Batliner, D.D.S., M.B.A.
Associate Director, Center for Native Oral Health Research, and Associate Dean for Clinic Operations and Patient Services, School of Dental Medicine, University of Colorado Denver



4:35 pm

Panel Session Questions



4:55 pm

Wrap up



5:30 – 7:30 pm

Working Dinner (By Invitation Only)

"Walk in my Moccasins" An Insider’s View on engaging American Indian Communities in Efforts to Improve Health Outcomes on Children and Families Living in Rural Areas (PDF - 143 KB)

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Lora Church, M.P.A., M.S.
Member, National Institutes of Health Director’s Council of Public Representatives (COPR)

Friday, December 2, 2011 
8:45 am – 11:55 am

Strategies to Facilitate Future Research

Moderator: Aida B. Balsano, Ph.D.
National Program Leader, Child and Family Development, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States Department of Agriculture



8:45 am

Workforce Development in Rural Health Research (PDF - 290 KB)

Angeline Bushy, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., PHCNS-BC
Bert Fish Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair, Professor, Nursing, Daytona Campus, University of Central Florida, and Member, Multiracial and Multicultural Council, National Rural Health Association



9:15 am

Developing New Technologies to Support Research in Rural Communities  (PDF - 137 KB)

Yael Harris, Ph.D., M.H.S.
Director, Office of Health Information Technology and Quality, Health Resources and Services Administration



9:45 am

Building Academic-Community Research Partnerships in Rural Communities

Warren Jones, M.D., FAAFP
Director, Mississippi Institute for the Improvement of Geographic Minority Health (MIGMH), University of Mississippi Medical Center, and Former Director, American Academy of Family Physicians



10:15 am




10:30 am

Building Partnerships Through the “National Stakeholder Strategy for Achieving Health Equity” (PDF - 1 MB)

Rochelle Rollins, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Director, Division of Policy and Data, Office of Minority Health, and Chair, Federal Interagency Health Equity Team


11:00 am

Collaborative Funding Opportunities to Support Rural Health Research  (PDF - 640 KB)

William Elwood, Ph.D.
Coordinator, NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Opportunity Network (OppNet), Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH



11:30 am

Panel Session Questions



11:55 am

Lunch (On Your Own)



1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

Summary: Research Gaps and Future Research

Moderator: Robert A. Mays, Jr., Ph.D., M.S.W.
Deputy Director, Administration Office for Research on Disparities& Global Mental Health, Chief, Office of Rural Mental Health Research, National Institute of Mental Health, NIH



1:15 pm

Summary Report 1: Prevention and Intervention Strategies



1:45 am




2:00 pm

Summary Report 2: Recruitment and Retention Approaches 



2:30 pm




2:45 pm

Wrap Up



3:00 pm



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