Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development

Welcome

At the Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development (CRHSSD), we partner with area agencies to address the most pressing health and social service concerns affecting our communities. As part of SIU School of Medicine, our aim is to reduce health disparities in the 66 urban and rural counties across central and southern Illinois.

We support and empower residents from 66 counties through research, program evaluations, needs assessments, advocacy work and policy recommendations. We’re regularly testing new models of health care delivery to promote meaningful change in our neighbors’ lives and ensure at-risk communities receive the quality health care they deserve.  

We value more than anything else service to our communities, to our professions, and stakeholders. We value our motivated, professional, and productive staff, along with honesty, integrity, mutual respect, creative thinking, and excellence.
 

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Center services

The CRHSSD is in place to help address health care and social service issues impacting the lives and productivity of those in our state and nation. We do this through grant and project development, research and evaluation, training and workforce development, and community engagement and outreach.

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Latest articles

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Online training available to better understand, treat farmers' health issues

A new mental health training resource is available to assist rural health care providers.
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Online courses offered to improve rural nursing skills

Nurses who provide care for farmers and workers in the agricultural sector can be better prepared for detecting and treating illnesses specific to the industry through a new educational program offered online.
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Farmer mental health initiative highlighted during Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Awareness month and also coincides with the spring planting season.