Health Equity and Cultural Considerations of Rural Populations

Friday, 7 October 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

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Friday, 7 October 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

Health Equity and Cultural Considerations of Rural Populations

Presented by Diana Prescott, Ph.D.

October 7th, 2022 (12:00pm-1:00pm CST)

Event held online via Zoom. Link to access sent by Eventzilla upon registration.

When attended in full, this program offers 1.0 CEs for Psychologists.


Workshop Description:

Rural health faces many obstacles in terms of equity, access, and stigma. With a growing need for care and addressing the rising concerns of farmer and rural suicide, psychological science can identify evidence-based interventions to assist these communities in need. Psychologists benefit from working with community partners both within healthcare and other community groups. Healthcare partnerships include integrated care, mobile care units, and telehealth. Other community partnerships may include Church communities, agricultural groups, and civic organizations. 


Additional change will come with increased advocacy efforts, working with policy makers to narrow inequities. Psychological science and cultural competence of rural communities can come together to overcome stigma and address access in underserved rural areas in order to improve the well-being of this population.

Learning Objectives:

After attending this intermediate-level program, participants will be able to:
  1. Describe the cultural components of rural America and its relationship with behavioral health,
  2. Recognize opportunities for community partnerships within healthcare and community resources,
  3. Apply psychological science to change health policy to benefit rural communities.

Program Standards and Goals:

This program meets APA’s continuing education Standard 1.3:
Program content focuses on topics related to psychological practice, education, or research other than application of psychological assessment and/or intervention methods that are supported by contemporary scholarship grounded in established research procedures.
This program meets APA's continuing education Goal 3:
Program will allow psychologists to maintain, develop, and increase competencies in order to improve services to the public and enhance contributions to the profession.

Registration & Fees:

This program is presented free in partnership with Diana Prescott, Ph.D.: Candidate, APA-President Elect. 


Kegler, S. R., Stone, D. M., & Holland, K. M. (2017). Trends in suicide by level of urbanization — United States, 1999– 2015. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 66, 270–273. 


Selby-Nelson, E. M., Bradley, J. M., Schiefer, R. A., Hoover-Thompson, A. (2018). Primary care integration in rural areas: A community-focused approach. Families, Systems & Health, 36(4), 528-534. 


Hastings, S. L. & Cohn, T. J. (2013). Challenges and opportunities associated with rural mental health practice. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 37(1), 37-49.

Continuing Education:

Target Audience: Psychologists, psychology graduate students.

Psychologists. This program, when attended in its entirety, is available for 1.0 continuing education credits. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in its continuing education activities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is also committed to conducting all activities in conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. If participants have special needs, we will attempt to accommodate them. Please address questions, concerns and any complaints to There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE Sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants, or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflicts of interest


*Participants must attend 100% of the program in order to obtain a Certificate of Attendance.


The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Cancellation policy

Refund Policy: 100% of tuition is refundable up to 48 hours before the program. Within 48 hours of the program, tuition is nonrefundable.

Office of Continuing Education

This event is being presented in partnership with Beth N. Rom-Rymer, PhD., Candidate, APA-President Elect.

Contact the Organizer

Diana Prescott, Ph.D.
Independent Practice

Dr. Diana L. Prescott completed her B.A. at Butler University and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln after her APA-accredited internship at Indiana University School of Medicine. Dr. Prescott currently directs an independent rural health consulting practice in Hampden, Maine and serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Maine-Orono. In addition to her independent practice and academic appointment, Dr. Prescott has served in multiple leadership roles within the Maine Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association (APA), including her recent term as Recording Secretary for the APA Board of Directors.

About Diana Prescott, Ph.D.

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Health Equity and Cultural Considerations of Rural Populations

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