Studies and Sociology 499/599: Learning Through Listening, Native American
Issues in Rural
2007 Spring Break Course
of this course is to bring together diverse community members together in order
to learn about sustainable rural development in
This class was one of the best learning experiences of my life, we learned a great deal not only about the community we were researching but about ourselves. We started out as 20 individuals who had no idea what they were up against and in the end we became a team or a family as I like to call it. Over the course I learned to become an active listener, facilitator, presenter, recorder, and may other things. As a group we learned a lot about the diverse and complex issues that a rural community can face, and in our case it was about a long ongoing water issue between two cultures. I also learned that people are more for each other in a rural community, most things that happen are for the community as a whole and not for an individual; they are there for one another. Rather than in urban areas people are always strictly thinking of themselves.
My Main Topic Of Interest: Health Issues in Rural Areas
communities have been struggling to maintain adequate emergency medical
In rural areas, lack of access to preventive, routine medical, specialty and emergency services, along with older populations and higher rates of poverty, contribute to the problem.
The importance of addressing mental health needs in rural areas is growing. Ideas for solutions are being proposed and used throughout the country. Some communities are working to integrate mental health and primary care services through providing primary care doctors with additional training. Roughly four of every five individuals seek help for a behavioral or mental health issue with their primary care physician first. “In other areas, mental health professionals’ travel once or more per week to rural communities for client appointments.” Telemedicine is also seen by some as a part of the solution, especially for the most isolated patients. Through this technology, mental health care providers can connect with patients from a distance.
has also become worse and has always been largely considered an urban
problem. However, HIV has spread too
many rural communities in
One of the largest concerns is the lack of access to care and necessary services for people living with HIV/AIDS in rural areas. Thirty eight percent of rural HIV patients see doctors who have treated fewer than 10 patients with the virus, compared to 3 percent in urban areas. People living with HIV/AIDS in rural areas have higher rates of depression and feelings of isolation than their urban counterparts.
As you can see the health care professionals and doctors are aware of this care needed in rural areas. Over time it is hoped that the health care of these people will decrease to even better of that from the past.
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