Rural practice forum: working with farm families in crisis.
To begin to address the health needs of the rural farm population, there needs to be an understanding of what services may be available in the farming community. The Parish Nurse is working in some of these areas. Parish nurses are trained to assist in health screenings and can link farm families with health services. They can provide referral resources, give out information and conduct small group meetings. Parish nurses need to educate the clergy and others about their training.
Rural Response networks can work with church groups such as Lutheran Social Services. They can train facilitators to help farm families who are experiencing transition in a lifestyle change, they can provide counseling on the telephone for those that are not comfortable in group sessions, they can also conduct group sessions. They can connect the farm families to resources and services and they can initiate programs that provide food boxes to churches and food pantries.
Rural health care systems may also have programs to help farm families cope with the farm crises. Kids programs can provide an outlet that helps farm children express their concerns and the impact of the farm crisis on their lives. A program for preteens and teenagers can focus on self-esteem and peer pressures. Mental health counseling services may be available for farm families (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2000).
For questions or comments, e-mail me at Bette_ide@mail.und.nodak.edu.
Bette Ide, PhD, RN
Editorial Board Member
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|Publication:||Online Journal of Rural Nursing & Health Care|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2001|
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