Family Science professors talk health with rural mothers
Professor Emerita Bonnie Braun and Assistant Clinical Professor Elisabeth Maring recently published an article in Health Communication on testing health messages for rural, low-income mothers. The article, “Shaping Core Health Messages: Rural, Low-Income Mothers Speak Through Participatory Action Research,” was written with University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor Sheila Mammen and Washington State University Vancouver Associate Professor Yoshie Sano. The article was part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture multi-state grant built on the longitudinal Rural Families Speak study.
Rural, low-income families experience disproportionate health problems, and improvements in health outcomes require culturally appropriate and relevant messaging. The multidisciplinary team including experts; rural, low-income mothers; and stakeholders who work with families created core health messages in the areas of dental health, food security, health insurance, and physical activity.