Call for Proposals

The National Association for Rural Mental Health invites you to submit a proposal for the 2019 NARMH Annual Conference!

About the 2019 Conference Theme:

We are interested in learning more from communities - How have embracing connections, even unexpected ones, led you down the path from surviving to thriving?

The NARMH Conference 2019 programming proposals can include, but are not limited to, any of the following suggested interdisciplinary themes related to the conference theme, From Surviving to Thriving: Embracing Connections:

Suggested interdisciplinary Themes (but not limited to):

  • 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 micro-aggressions, 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.

Deadline to submit is February 1, 2019 or until the agenda is filled.

All presenters must register for the conference and are responsible for their own registration fees, travel and hotel arrangements and fees.