Better Together: Expanding Rural Partnerships to Support Families

Harriet Shaklee, Jeri L Bigbee, Misty Wall

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Chronic shortages of health, social service, and mental health professionals in rural areas necessitate creative partnerships in support of families. Cooperative extension professionals in Family and Consumer Sciences and community health nurses, who can bring critical skills to human services teams, are introduced as trusted professionals in rural communities. Multidisciplinary prevention programs offer particularly good contexts for county extension educators and community health nurses to work in collaboration with social workers. The case of grandparents raising grandchildren illustrates the critical roles that can be filled by professionals in these two fields to extend the reach of family support programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-400
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Family Social Work
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • community nursing
  • cooperative extension
  • grandparents raising grandchildren
  • prevention
  • rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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