Myths/Cultural Aspects around Rural Well-being

Feb 3 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
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Health and Wellbeing: Rural Strengths and Challenges Virtual Seminar Series

Health and Wellbeing: Rural Strengths and Challenges Virtual Seminar Series

Hosted by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health Research Committee
with representation from the UK College of Health Sciences, College of Public Health, College of Social Work and the College of Medicine

This seminar series will explore and discuss the intersection between science, community culture and traditions, policy and politics on the long-term health, healthcare, community participation, and quality of life of individuals living in rural communities. Not only will the challenges and barriers be discussed, but also the local supports and “Bright Spots” that are examples of how to get the job done.


What is rural and rural well-being?

February 3, 2021: Myths/Cultural Aspects around Rural Well-being
Randy Wykoff, East Tennessee State University, College of Public Health Dean
Michael Meit, East Tennessee State University Center for Rural Health Research, Director of Research and Program


For questions or additional information:

 Melissa Slone,
Dr. Patrick Kitzman,

Randy Wykoff, MD, MPH & TM became the founding dean, College of Public Health at East Tennessee State University in 2006 and, concurrently, the Executive Director of the ETSU Center for Rural Health Research in 2019. He is a physician, board certified in both Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine, with additional training and certification in Tropical Medicine.  His research focuses on the inter-relationship of poverty and health. Prior to his current position, he served as Senior Vice President for International Operations at Project HOPE, and, prior to that, as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health (Disease Prevention and Health Promotion) in the US Department of Health and Human Services, and as  Associate Commissioner for AIDS and Special Health Issues, and Associate Commissioner for Operations during eleven years at the FDA. While at FDA, he also led the Science Team for the Tobacco Working Group, served as the Executive Director of the National Task Force on AIDS Drug Development, and completed a detail with Senator Edward Kennedy and the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. He began his career as District Medical Director of the Upper Savannah Health District in the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. He and his wife, Janine, have five children.

Michael Meit serves as Director of Research and Programs for the East Tennessee State University Center for Rural Health Research, Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago, and Deputy Director for ETSU’s HRSA-funded Rural Health Research Center, the ETSU/NORC Rural Health Equity Research Center. Michael began his public health career with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, followed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials. He then served as founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Center for Rural Health Practice, and then as Co-Director of NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. He has served on the Boards of the National Rural Health Association, Pennsylvania Public Health Association, and the Maryland Rural Health Association. He currently serves on APHA’s Committee for Health Equity, and the editorial/advisory boards for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Journal of Appalachian Health, and Public Health Reports, the official journal of the U.S Surgeon General.