Rural Women's Health: Mental, Behavioral, and Physical Issues

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Raymond T. Coward, PhD, Lisa A. Davis, MHA, Carol H. Gold, PhD, Helen Smiciklas-Wright, PhD, Luanne E. Thorndyke, MD, Fred W. Vondracek, PhD
Springer Publishing Company, Nov 22, 2005 - Medical - 320 pages
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Rural Women's Health encompasses the breadth and depth of the unique physical and psychological needs facing rural women throughout the United States and Canada, and identifies positive interventions and outcomes. Raymond T. Coward, founding editor of The Journal of Rural Health, along with five leading practitioners and researchers with contributions from over 25 educators, authors, program leaders, and researchers representing the multidisciplinary spectrum of rural health professionals, present the most comprehensive coverage on rural women's health that exists today.

    Key issues covered include:

  • Socio-cultural stressors
  • Policy changes
  • Barriers to accessing mental health treatment
  • Obesity and risk factors
  • Behavioral risk factors
  • Chronic diseases
  • Exercise, nutrition, and health promotion programs
  • Education and telehealth

This is a valuable resource for mental health service providers, gerontologists, social workers, psychologists, counselors, and primary care physicians.


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Challenges and Stressors
2 Policy Issues Affecting the Success of a Rural Womens Health Agenda
3 Differences in Mental Health Indicators and Psychotropic Drug Use Between Rural and Nonrural Older Women
Emerging Risk Factors and Hypotheses
The Importance of the Preconception Physical and Mental Health Status
6 Mental Health Parity Still Evading Rural Women
7 Mental Health Care Utilization and Expenditures Among Rural Women
9 Behavioral Risk Factors Chronic Diseases Health Care Access and Health Status of Rural American Indian Women in Oklahoma
Rural and Urban Comparisons
11 Effects of Race and Poverty on Perceived Stress Among Rural Women
12 Evaluation of Nutrition Education and Exercise in a Health Promotion and Wellness Program for Older Adults
13 Providing Education and Health Care to Rural Communities Using Telehealth
Linking the Mental Behavioral and Physical Health of Rural Women

8 Understanding Mental Health Service Use Among Rural Women

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About the author (2005)

Raymond T. Coward, MSW, PhD, is the Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Professor and Dean of the College of Health and Human Development at The Pennsylvania State University and is a professor of health policy and administration. Dr. Coward was the founding editor of "The Journal of Rural Health "(1985-1990), now in its 20th year of publication, and is the author or editor of eight books, including several focused on rural populations.

Lisa A. Davis, MHA, is the Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, where she is responsible for the overall direction and leadership of the state office of rural health, including developing and sustaining linkages with state and national partners and expanding the office's role in enhancing the health status of rural Pennsylvanians. She is the immediate Past-President of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Association and immediate Past-Secretary of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health's Board of Directors.

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