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New rural community stress resources

Learn about the most up-to-date research about rural community stress and resilience, and find out how people in Minnesota are using it creatively in their communities.

During the past year, Extension Center for Family Development has worked with Scholar in Residence Dr. Sarah Beehler to create several resources on rural community stress and resilience. These are now available on the Coping with Rural Stress section of our website. 

  1. The Rural Community Stress eReview, was written by commissioned research and community authors. The report provides an overview of current research on rural community stress and implications for practice within Minnesota communities (agricultural, tourism and Indigenous). It features sections written by Dr. Sarah Beehler and scholar student Frederique Corcoran, rural mental health specialist Monica McConkey, Tribal training and certification partnership director Jeri Jasken, and Cook County Public Health and Human Services director Alison McIntyre.
  2. A four-part series of narrated slides designed for community leaders interested in understanding and training about rural community stress and building community resilience. The slides offer the same content as eReview in a different format. All are short for easy viewing. 
  3. Two handouts about rural stressors and strengths and farm stressors and strengths designed for community leaders interested in sharing simplified information with others. These also offer the same content as eReview in a different format. 

Tips on using this information:

  • Mix and match these resources in ways that work for you. 
  • Share handouts with people you know.
  • View narrated slides in presentations or community trainings.
  • Incorporate the research into grants and program proposals.
  • Use the intervention frameworks to create new activities.
  • Consider all these resources in your own rural community assessment.
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