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Building the Case for Addressing Social Determinants of Health for Children in Rural Communities

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 03:00
Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series 2014


Joyce K. Sebian, MS.Ed. Public Health Advisor, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS


Karen B. Francis, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research

Cassandra L. Joubert, ScD, Director, Central California Children's Institute, Professor, College of Health and Human Services California State University, Fresno

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about the social determinants of health and their impact on the behavioral health and well-being of children, youth and families living in rural communities;
  • Participants will learn practical strategies for the implementation of a public health framework in effectively addressing those social determinants impacting children's behavioral health and well-being and in reducing disparities;
  • Participants will learn about work in a rural community that has successfully implemented a Regional Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health Training Program that addresses health determinants.


The behavioral health and well-being of any community and its members is significantly connected to the social and physical contexts in which the community exists and its members function. In essence, these contexts refer to social determinants or social factors that impact outcomes for behavioral health and well-being either positively or negatively.  This webinar focused on discussing the impact of social determinants and provided strategies for addressing the negative impact of such factors on children, youth and families in rural communities with a special focus on infants, toddlers and preschool age children and their families.  Additionally, the webinar engaged participants in discussion about how to effectively use available tools and strategies to reduce disparities and improve outcomes.

You can access the playback of the webinar here.

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