Rural Health Equity Research in Wisconsin

Rural Wisconsin farm land northeast of Madison near Baraboo is pictured in an early morning aerial taken from a helicopter on Oct. 23, 2018. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)

Coming up on December 1, tune in for ‘Partnerships to strengthen rural health equity research in Wisconsin.’

This program will highlight community partner organizations that can support rural health equity research. National thought leaders in rural health recently shared four recommendations to shift us from describing the problem of rural health disparities to designing effective solutions:

  1. Create mechanisms to allow the research community time to build sustainable rural community-based participatory relationships;
  2. Support innovative research designs and approaches relevant to rural settings;
  3. Sustain effective interventions relevant to unique challenges in rural areas; and
  4. Recognize and identify the diversity within and across rural populations and adapt culturally and language-appropriate approaches.”

In this December session, researchers will:

  • Describe community-engaged research projects with organizations supporting rural health
  • Reflect on the recommendations for rural health research put forward in Cacari Stone (2021)
  • Discuss lessons learned and practical tips for rural health research in Wisconsin



  • Susan Racine Passmore, PhD, Senior Scientist & Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) Assistant Director for Community Engaged Research
  • Meghan Brennan, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease within the Department of Medicine
  • Florence Becot, PhD, MS, is a rural sociologist and associate research scientist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute (MCRI) National Farm Medicine Center

Learn more about the speakers here: Event Flyer_ICTR CAP Ed Rural Health Equity. 12.1.21 (PDF)


Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Time: 9:30 – 11:00am CST

Location: Zoom meeting – register here!

Questions may be directed to Kat Phelps at