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Rural Social Isolation and Loneliness: Rates, Importance, and Identifying Risk
In this session, participants will learn about loneliness and social isolation among older adults in rural and urban areas. Dr. Henning Smith will speak to the data, what we know, how social isolation and loneliness are unique in rural areas, and how rural social isolation is a health and mortality risk factor. She will discuss what has changed as a result of the current health pandemic, how can we prepare rural providers to ask questions to determine isolation/loneliness, and what can we do for rural people who are experiencing isolation/loneliness. This is part one in a three-part series addressing rural social isolation and loneliness.

Jul 14, 2020 01:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Carrie Henning Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW
Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management @University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, MPH, MSW is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and is the Deputy Director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. Dr. Henning-Smith’s research focuses on health equity, with a particular emphasis on rural residents, older adults, and historically marginalized populations. She is a past Fellow of the National Rural Health Association, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Rural Health and Journal of Applied Gerontology. Dr. Henning-Smith holds a BA in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College; master’s degrees in public health and social work, along with a certificate in gerontology from the University of Michigan; and a PhD in health services research with a minor in demography from the University of Minnesota.