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Dr. Geidner Appointed to National Board

Posted on May 15, 2013
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Dr. Geidner Appointed to National Board

Dr. James Geidner, an Associate Professor in the Health and Human Performance Department at the University of Wisconsin-Superior, has been appointed to the National Association for Rural Mental Health Board of Directors. The Association is a membership organization comprising of county mental health programs, rural agencies, and individuals throughout the nation. Over 80% of counties within the United States are classified as rural.

In the appointment Dr. Geidner was cited for his expertise in working with mothers, infants, and young children in small and rural communities. The plight of the rural community is well known from the popular media. Rural Americans are struggling economically, physically, and psychologically. Mechanization and large corporations have altered the traditional rural farming economy, leaving less than ten percent of people in rural areas still working in farming related occupations. Rural populations have less access to healthcare and the care tends to be of lower quality. Psychologically, rural areas have higher suicide rates, child poverty is higher, and children and families have minimal access to quality mental health services. Yet contrary to the doom and gloom reporting that dominates rural coverage, Dr. Geidner points out that rural culture also is comprised of strong, supportive communities actively engaged in the process of transformation. Sophisticated organic farms are replacing large scale operations. Telemedicine is replacing traditional medical care. Dr. Geidner also points out that rural culture is deeply rooted in faith and family, both of which are driving a quiet Rural Renaissance throughout Wisconsin.      

For the past five years Dr. Geidner has been exploring the lives of mothers, infants, and young children in rural communities. Specifically, Dr. Geidner established the Child Development Project. The Project conducts longitudinal research on the state of infant and early childhood mental health in small towns and rural communities. Over the past five years Dr. Geidner has provided over $300,000 in free clinical care to mothers and children throughout Northern Wisconsin.  Currently, Dr. Geidner is working on developing a model for delivering sustainable, high quality infant and early childhood mental health services to small and rural communities.  

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