2021 NIH Rural Health Day Seminar: Structural-Level Determinants of Rural Health Disparities

Event Start Date: November 18, 2021 - 4:00 PM EDT
Event End Date: November 18, 2021 - 10:30 PM EDT

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2021 Rural Health Day Seminar hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Objective: The National Institutes of Health Rural Health Special Interest Group works to raise awareness of rural health issues and improve biomedical, behavioral/social science, intervention and implementation research aimed at improving disease prevention, self-management, and care delivery across the care continuum. Our goal is to advance our understanding of rural health disparities and stimulate research to identify multi-level, evidence-based solutions to improve rural health outcomes. The group connects clinical, community-based interventionists, and translational scientists from diverse disciplines across the NIH to research communities and decision makers, as well as to provide opportunities for professional development, networking, and community engagement.

About the Seminar: The 2021 Rural Health Seminar will advance our understanding of the structural-level determinants of health that contribute to rural health disparities. The seminar will highlight research to build effective interventions that address the multiple, structural-level health inequities faced by rural communities. The 2021 seminar is organized around three tracks where speakers will discuss: 1) sociocultural and economic determinants in rural settings, 2) physical environmental determinants in rural settings, and 3) evaluation and policy. Attendees will come away from this virtual seminar with an understanding of the impact of structural determinates on rural populations and the need for multi-level interventions to reduce rural health disparities.

Rural Health Seminar Webpage: https://nimhd.nih.gov/news-events/conferences-events/rural-health.html

The seminar will be available by NIH VideoCast: https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=43942

Co-Sponsoring NIH Institutes and Centers:

  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
  • National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  • National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Planning Committee:

Priscah Mujuru DrPH, MPH, RN, NIMHD, Chair Xinzhi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., NHLBI, Co-Chair Madhumita Sinha, M.D., NIDDK, Co-Chair Diane Adger-Johnson, MPH, NIAID Ligia Artiles, M.A., NIMHD, Michael Banyas, M.S., NIMHD Sujata Bardhan, Ph.D., NICHD Rick Berzon, DrPH, NIMHD Behrous Davani, Ph.D., NIGMS, Brandin DeChabert, B.A. NIDA, Troy Dildine, BA, NCCIH, Qi Duan, Ph.D., NIBIB Andrew Eron, M.A., NIMHD Melissa Green Parker, Ph.D., OD Tanetta Isler, M.S., NCATS, Patricia Jones, DrPH, MPH, NIA Lindsey Martin, Ph.D., NIEHS Shelly Pollard, MBA, NIMHD, Antonello Punturieri, M.D., Ph.D., NHLBI

Special Accommodations:

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Edgar Dews at Edgar.Dews@nih.gov, 301-402-1366, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339) at least five business days before the event.


  • 11:00-11:05am Opening Remarks
    • Priscah Mujuru, DrPH, RN (NIMHD), Xinzhi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. (NHLBI), Madhumita Sinha, M.D. (NIDDK)
  • 11:05-11:20am Welcome Remarks & Introduction of Keynote Speaker
    • Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D. Director, NIMHD
  • 11:20-11:30 Remarks on State of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources, and Services
    • Tom Morris, Associate Administrator, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
  • Keynote Session
  • 11:30am-12:00pm Keynote Address
    • Karen Winkfield, M.D., Ph.D., Executive Director Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Session 1: Sociocultural & Economic Determinants of Health in Rural Settings
  • 12:00-12:05pm Remarks from Richard J. Hodes, M.D. Director NIA
  • 12:05-1:00pm Panelists:
    • Alex Adams, M.D., Ph.D., Montana State University
    • William C. Knowler, M.D., DrPH, NIDDK Intramural Research Program
    • Leif Jensen, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
    • Shannon M. Monnat, Ph.D., Syracuse University
    • Moderator: Amelia Karraker, Ph.D., Program Director, NIA BSR
  • 1:00-1:20pm Lunch Break
  • Session 2: Physical Environmental Determinants of Health in Rural Settings
  • 1:20-1:25pm Remarks from Rick Woychik, Ph.D., Director, NIEHS
  • 1:25-2:30pm Panelists:
    • Jani Ingram, Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
    • Tony Ward, Ph.D., University of Montana
    • Paloma Beamer, Ph.D., University of Arizona
    • Jonathan London, Ph.D., University of California, Davis
    • Moderator: Lindsey Ann Martin, Ph.D. (Program Officer, NIEHS PHB)
  • 2:30-2:40pm Break
  • 2:40-3:40pm Early-Stage Investigators Research Presentations
  • Brittany L. Smalls, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
    • Georgia Kayser, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego
    • Whitney Zahnd, Ph.D., University of Iowa
    • Chesleigh N. Keene, Ph.D., University of Northern Arizona
    • Andreas Thorsen, Ph.D., Montana State University
    • Moderator: Behrous Davani, Ph.D., (Program Director, NIGMS)
  • 3:40-3:50pm Break
  • 3:50-4:50pm Session 3: Evaluation, Measurement & Policy Implications:
    • Anna María Nápoles, Ph.D., MPH, NIMHD Intramural Research Program
    • Melody Goodman, Ph.D., New York University School of Global Public Health
    • Brian Rivers, Ph.D., Morehouse School of Medicine
    • Moderator: Melissa C. Green Parker, Ph.D., (Scientific Advisor, OD, NIH)
  • 4:50-5:25pm Closing Remarks: Structural Interventions to Address Rural Health Disparities
    • Arleen F. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
  • 5:25-5:30pm Adjournment
    • Priscah Mujuru, DrPH, RN (NIMHD), Xinzhi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. (NHLBI), Madhumita Sinha, M.D. (NIDDK)