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.

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*All events are from 2- 3pm EST*

What is rural and rural well-being?

Feb. 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 Programs

Feb. 17, 2021: Interventions- Kentucky Homeplace Program
Mace Baker, UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Kentucky Homeplace Program Director

March 3, 2021: Interventions- Disability and Accessibility
Patrick Kitzman, Professor at UK College of Health Science, Department of Physical Therapy and Director of Kentucky Appalachian Rural Rehabilitation Network

March 17, 2021: Panel of community and academic partners
Jason Jones. Director of the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury
Scott Lockard, Kentucky River District Health Department Director
Ramona Carper, Assistant Professor at UK College of Health Sciences Department of Physical Therapy

Health Issues and Rural Disparities

March 31, 2021: Kentucky’s Preventable Diseases and Key Risk Factors
Margaret Riggs, CAPT, US Public Health Service, Division of Performance Improvement and Field Services, Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

April 14, 2021: Interventions- Cancer Research in Rural Kentucky
Robin Vanderpool, Chief of Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute
Mark Dignan, University of Kentucky Prevention Research Center

April 28, 2021: Interventions- Substance Use Disorder in Rural Kentucky
Michele Staton, Faculty at UK College of Medicine, Department of Behavioral Science
Frances Feltner, UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Research Director
Melissa Slone, UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Research Inter-Disciplinary Director
Angela Carman, Assistant Professor, College of Public Health, Department of Health, Behavior & Society

May 5, 2021: Panel of community and academic partners
Gene Detherage, Fletcher Group, Outreach and Engagement Specialist- Kentucky
Others to be confirmed


Questions: Contact Dr. Patrick Kitzman at or Melissa Slone at