Community, Health and Family

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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.


Community Chair:  Jessica Crowe

Community Co-Chair: Anne Cafer

Family and Health Co-Chair: Stephanie Teixeira-Poit

Follow this link to see information on the 2017 Ralph Brown Faculty Paper Competition  and Ronald  Wimberley Graduate Student Paper Competition.

2017 Ralph Brown Faculty Paper Award

Ronald Wimberley 2017 Student Paper Competition Call for Papers.


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”