Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Population Health and Health Policy

Access to Mental Health Services and Family Burden of Rural Children with Significant Mental Health Problems

1/1/2008 - 1/31/2009
Jennifer Dunbar Lenardson, M.H.S.
Principal Investigator: 
David Hartley

Policies can and should be developed to better meet the mental health needs of these children and provide the support needed by their families. However, a major limitation is the lack of research on how well the needs of children with SED are currently being met in rural areas. Additionally, although there are reasons to believe the burden these problems place on families is higher in rural areas, evidence to support this assumption is limited. We also lack information about how different factors, such as child's age or family work status, affect how well the needs of children and their families are met across the rural continuum.
<b>Methods:</b> The National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN) and information on community characteristics from the Area Resource File (ARF) provide rich data sources to describe these interrelationships and to examine the determinants of whether children and their families have their needs meet across the rural continuum. Using the NS-CSHCN and the ARF, we will address following research questions:<li>What is the prevalence of children with SED across the rural continuum?
<li>How does the level of need for mental health services for children with SED vary across the rural continuum?
<li>How well are the mental health needs of these children met across the rural continuum?
<li>What is the level of burden on these children?s families across the rural continuum? and
<li>What role do enabling, need, and predisposing factors play in whether or not the mental health needs of children with SED and their families are met across the rural continuum?</li>

Start Date: 
Tue, 2008-01-01
End Date: 
Sat, 2009-01-31
Legacy Muskie ID: 
5 847

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Hartley Retires as Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center

David Hartley, PhD

David Hartley, PhD, the Director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center (MRHRC) and a Research Professor of Public Health has announced that he will be retiring from the University of Southern Maine August 31st, 2014. David came to the University in 1994 and has directed the MRHRC since 2004. Andy Coburn, PhD, Research Professor of Public Health, will take over as the new MRHRC Director. Erika Ziller, PhD continues in her role as Deputy Director. David has had a distinguished career in rural health and rural health research, and has made lasting contributions to the field with his work on rural behavioral health, rural disparities and health, and rural active living.

A celebration will be scheduled in early fall to honor David and his many contributions to the field and the University.


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