Community, Health and Family
Mission Statement: The Community, Family, and Health Research Interest Group is a multidisciplinary community of scholars interested in engaging in the open exchange of ideas, collaborative research, and promoting teaching with the principal objectives of improving the quality of life of rural communities, both domestic and international.
RIG members are devoted to developing innovative research methods and theories in the study of such topics as community attachment and satisfaction, social change and development, the sociological study of the family, and population health and well-being in rural communities can endeavor to gain a more advantageous position in an increasingly urban world.
We are also sponsors of the Ronald Wimberley undergraduate and graduate student paper competitions and the Ralph Brown faculty paper competitions.
Chair: Karl Jicha
Community Co-Chair: Jessica Crowe
Family and Health Co-Chair: Stephanie Teixeira-Poit
The winners of the 2016 Ronald Wimberley Graduate Student Paper Competition and the Ralph Brown Faculty Paper Competition are:
Ronald Wimberley Graduate Paper Competition
Anne M. Cafer, University of Missouri, Dept. of Rural Sociology
“Hunger, Health, and Environment: A Case Study of Khat and Community Resilience”
Ralph Brown Faculty Paper Competition
Eleanor E. Pratt (Urban Institute, Washington DC) and Mildred E. Warner (City and Regional Planning, Cornell University)
“Imagining the “Buen Lugar”: Public Services and Family Strategies. An Ecuadorean Case Study”