What Role Can Community Health Workers Play in Connecting Rural Women with Depression to the “De Facto” Mental Health Care System?

Claire Snell-Rood, Frances Feltner, Nancy Schoenberg

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Abstract

The prevalence of depression among rural women is nearly twice the national average, yet limited mental health services and extensive social barriers restrict access to needed treatment. We conducted key informant interviews with community health workers (CHWs) and diverse health care professionals who provide care to Appalachian women with depression to better understand the potential roles that CHWs may play to improve women’s treatment engagement. In the gap created by service disparities and social barriers, CHWs can offer a substantial contribution through improving recognition of depression; deepening rural women’s engagement within existing services; and offering sustained, culturally appropriate support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-73
Number of pages11
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 31 2019

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Keywords

  • Community health worker
  • Depression
  • Rural
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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