We’re actively engaging:

Helping Indiana thrive

The center serves rural Indiana and its small regional cities, and it has launched current initiatives in the southwest central Indiana Uplands region.

Addiction and Mental Health Resources

Professor John Keesler from the School of Social Work is examining community perceptions of addiction—and mental health issues related to addictions—and is developing recommendations for next steps. The project began as a partnership with the Lawrence County Sheriff and is a follow-up to center’s work there last year as part of the IU Center for Rural Engagement’s Sustaining Hoosier Communities program. This initiative has now expanded to include other Indiana counties in collaboration with the Indiana Rural Health Association through a federal Health Resources and Services Administration planning project. 

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