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Educating Providers and Community on Rural Mental Health

1:30pm - May 5, 2021 | Timezone: US/Mountain
Mountain Plains MHTTC
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2021
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Educating Providers and Community on Rural Mental Health

May 5, 2021

1:30pm - 2:45pm MST | 2:30pm - 3:45pm CST

The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides training/technical assistance to individuals who serve persons with mental illness in rural communities. Learn about rural barriers to care, training and technical assistance needs identified by providers, and how needs shifted during COVID-19. 


This training has been accepted for presentation at the National Rural Health Association’s Annual Conference. If you are interested in attending the conference, visit the conference registration page.  


At the end of this session, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe how the mental health needs, and barriers to behavioral health care prevention and treatment, are unique for person living in rural communities.  
  • Identify and share where rural communities can find freely available training and technical assistance for individuals who serve persons with mental illness to include teachers, primary care providers, spiritual advisors, as well as licensed behavioral health professionals.
  • Identify how the training needs of individuals serving rural persons with mental illness changed in response to COVID-19 to include new concerns for k-12 educators, new barriers to care related to tele-therapy, and an increased need to address heightened rates of anxiety and depression.  



Shawnda Schroeder, PhD


sschroederShawnda Schroeder is a Research Associate Professor, and the Associate Director of Research for the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota (UND) School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Grand Forks. Dr. Schroeder participates in rural health research, directs state program evaluation, and supervises graduate student internship and practicum experiences at the CRH. She serves as principal investigator of the Rural Health Research Gateway, a website that provides access to publications and projects funded through the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. Under the Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, Shawnda provides training on rural mental health, leads web content development, and conducts research on stigma as well as mental health training needs. Dr. Schroeder is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Rural Health, and is an elected member of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences' Research Committee.