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NFMC's Rudolphi Named 2019 Rural Health Fellow
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 01/18/2019

An associate research scientist with the National Farm Medicine Center at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield has been chosen as the 2019 Rural Health Fellow by the National Rural Health Association. Josie Rudolphi, Ph.D. will spend the coming year advocating for increased availability and accessibility of mental health care in rural areas, specifically for agricultural populations.

"Barriers to adequate mental health care for farmers and their families are similar to those many in rural areas face," Rudolphi said. "However, the barriers may be intensified for agricultural populations. The agrarian attitude resists acceptance of mental health disorders, and care and issues surrounding affordability and accessibility to care are amplified given the high proportion of farmers and ranchers who are self-employed and self-insured."

A native of Iowa, Rudolphi grew up on a corn and soybean farm. She earned her Ph.D. in occupational and environmental health, with a focus in agricultural safety and health, from the University of Iowa.

The goal of the year-long fellowship program is to educate, develop and inspire a networked community of rural health leaders who will serve in key positions in the National Rural Health Association, affiliated rural health advocacy groups and local and state legislative bodies. The fellows will meet in-person three times.

The first meeting will be during NRHA's Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. on February 4.

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