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Call for Abstracts: 45th Annual National Association for Rural Mental Health Conference

August 26 - August 29

The National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2019 NARMH Annual Conference. Submit a proposal online at www.narmh.org. Conference registration will open March 15, 2019.

About Our Conference
The National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) Annual Conference is the premier interdisciplinary mental health event for rural families and peers, community members, clinicians, researchers, administrators and policy professionals. Now in its 45th year, the NARMH Annual Conference provides a collaborative environment for all participants across professions to learn and network on a myriad of vital issues concerning mental health practice, research, policy and advocacy in rural and remote populations.

Our Conference Theme
The 2019 NARMH Annual Conference theme is “From Surviving to Thriving: Embracing Connections”

NARMH “rode the winds of change” in Santa Fe in 2002, and now we return in 2019 to see what we have learned, what has changed, and where we are headed. We want to learn from communities who have gone from surviving to thriving and how that impact is maintained and enhanced. We want to get to know each other and have fun together.

There is no better place to do that than the City Different, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Bienvenidos!

Visit the NARMH website at www.narmh.org to explore the details of the 2019 NARMH Annual Conference. The Call for Proposals is now open and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2019 or until the agenda is full. Conference online registration opens March 15, 2019. We look forward to seeing you in Santa Fe!

Call for Proposals
Focus Areas
NARMH Conference 2019 programming proposals can include, but aren’t limited to, any of the following key topic areas related to the conference theme, From Surviving to Thriving: Embracing Connections.

Surviving to Thriving.
How have efforts to sustain community resiliency and enhance connections affected the mental and behavioral health of rural residents?

Innovations in Service Delivery.
How have innovations in service delivery enhanced care for rural and frontier community members? How have innovations affected individuals and groups with specific and often unaddressed needs: veterans, LGBTQ, intellectual/developmental disabilities and those with traumatic brain injury, immigrants/refugees/DACA recipients/ asylum seekers, the elderly, children, adolescents, those in transition. Who are our partners and how do we make connections in innovative service delivery?

Dilemmas in Addressing Trauma.
Let us know resources/strategies you have used in fostering strength and healing for different types of trauma: historical and intergenerational trauma, present day traumas, aggression and microaggressions, rural community violence (suicide, domestic violence). What are some community-based initiatives (prevention programs, responses to trauma, gun policy conversations, initiating trauma informed care)? How does Practice Based Evidence become recognized and advanced (traditional knowledge, teachings and culture as resilience and healing tools)?

Rural and Frontier Workforce Development Strategies.
What are our most challenging workforce issues and what are some strategies to address them? How do we include Peer Support Workers and Community Health Workers? How are traditionally underrepresented groups: Native Americans, Hispanics, African-Americans and others included in the workforce? How can we most effectively work on policy development and changes?

Embracing the Reality of Behavioral Health in Rural Communities – Struggles,
Responses and Successes.
Funding limitations, dwindling populations, economic impacts, community resilience, culture matters are all areas for vibrant conversation!

Co-Occurring Substance Use Disorders and all of the above!

Other topics.


August 26
August 29
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