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Call for Proposals: 45th Annual National Association for Rural Mental Health Conference

narmh-flyerThe National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2019 NARMH Annual Conference, to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from August 26-29, 2019. Submit a proposal online at Conference registration will open March 15, 2019.

The National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH) Annual Conference is the premier interdisciplinary mental health event for rural families and peers, community members, clinicians, researchers, administrators, and policy professionals. Now in its 45th year, the NARMH Annual Conference provides a collaborative environment for all participants across professions to learn and network on a myriad of vital issues concerning mental health practice, research, policy, and advocacy in rural and remote populations.

The 2019 NARMH Annual Conference theme is “From Surviving to Thriving: Embracing Connections.” Visit the NARMH website to explore the details of the 2019 NARMH Annual Conference. The Call for Proposals is now open and the deadline to submit is February 1, 2019, or until the agenda is full. NARMH Conference 2019 programming proposals can include, but aren’t limited to, any of the following key topic areas related to the conference theme, including:

  • Surviving to Thriving–How have efforts to sustain community resiliency and enhance connections affected the mental and behavioral health of rural residents?
  • Innovations in Service Delivery–How have innovations in service delivery enhanced care for rural and frontier community members? How have innovations affected individuals and groups with specific and often unaddressed needs: veterans, LGBTQ community, intellectual/developmental disabilities, and those with traumatic brain injury, immigrants/refugees/DACA recipients/asylum seekers, the elderly, children, adolescents, and those in transition. Who are our partners and how do we make connections in innovative service delivery?
  • Dilemmas in Addressing Trauma–Let us know resources/strategies you have used in fostering strength and healing for different types of trauma: historical and intergenerational trauma, present day traumas, aggression and microaggressions, rural community violence (suicide, domestic violence). What are some community-based initiatives (prevention programs, responses to trauma, gun policy conversations, initiating trauma informed care)? How does Practice-Based Evidence become recognized and advanced (traditional knowledge, teachings, and culture as resilience and healing tools)?
  • Rural and Frontier Workforce Development Strategies–What are our most challenging workforce issues and what are some strategies to address them? How do we include Peer Support Workers and Community Health Workers? How are traditionally underrepresented groups: Native Americans, Hispanics, African-Americans and others included in the workforce? How can we most effectively work on policy development and changes?
  • Embracing the Reality of Behavioral Health in Rural Communities–Struggles, Responses, and Successes–Funding limitations, dwindling populations, economic impacts, community resilience, and culture matters are all areas for vibrant conversation!

If you need additional information after visiting the NARMH 2019 conference website, please contact Brenton Rice, NARMH Event Planner, by email at or at 651.242.6589.