Culture, Mental Health Services And Family Well-Being Conference
Set For May 13-15
22, 1999 -- The Southeastern Rural Mental Health
Research Center and the University of Virginia's College of Arts
and Sciences and Center for Children, Families, and the Law will
co-sponsor a conference on mental health services and family well-being
of rural African-American families May 13-15.
conference will bring together experts in racial identity and culture,
family life, and mental health services and examine issues from
the perspective of rural America. Speakers will include Lonnie Snowden,
School of Social Welfare, University of California-Berkeley; Harold
Neighbors, School of Public Health, University of Michigan; Scotty
Hargrove, Department of Psychology, University of Mississippi; Samuel
Turner, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland-College
Park; and Jeanne Miranda, Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University
much attention has been directed at issues facing African-Americans
living in urban areas, the problems of lower-income African-American
families living in rural areas of the United States have often been
overlooked, conference organizers said. Yet some 35 percent of African
Americans live in rural areas, and 90 percent of the African-American
families residing in rural areas are concentrated in southern states.
Most research, however, is conducted with urban populations. In
order to develop better intervention strategies and social policies,
the conference aims to improve understanding of the family experiences
of rural African-Americans.
conference is free to U.Va. faculty, staff and students. All sessions
will be held in McLeod Hall. For information on how to register
call the Southeastern Rural Mental Health Research Center at (804)
David Bush, (804) 924-1400.