Although much prior community work has been conducted in urban and suburban areas, Community Psychologists actively study and practice in areas with low population density. Rural communities comprise a number of geographic features including farmland, prairies, tropical areas, and wetlands. We believe that people within communities should be able to define themselves and thus our labeling of “rural” reflects that of our contributors and the people from the communities with which they work.
Posted in: Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Rural Communities | Tags: Featured ContentPublished in: The Community PsychologistTwenty percent of the population, or one out of five people, live in rural USA, where the rural population holds 12.4 percent of the manufacturing jobs. Deciding what to do with closed plants or manufacturers is an environmental issue and a public health issue. Outside of the immediate loss of jobs, the impact of closures […]Read More
Posted in: Anti-Racism, Environment, Rural CommunitiesPublished in: The Community PsychologistWhite cultural complexes can be embedded in non-profit organizations. “Sustainable” practices are often rooted in Indigenous knowledge. Indigenous cultures and their history of land-care need to be honored.Read More
Posted in: Rural CommunitiesPublished in: The Community PsychologistRural areas can be both food deserts and food swamps, A deficiency in the number of food resources (e.g., grocery stores) and saturation of unhealthy food options (e.g., fast-food restaurants and convenience stores) has led to an increase in obesity rates in rural communities. People who have less access to convenience stores have been shown […]Read More
Posted in: Coalition Building, Poverty and Socioeconomic Status, Rural Communities, Sense of Community | Tags: PracticeThe Southeast Equine Research and Education Partnership (SEREP) is an interdisciplinary, interinstitutional, community-university collaborative. The long-term goal is to build on the organically grown local equine ecosystem to bring community, economic, and workforce development to a rural region in the southeastern United States.Read More