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COVID-19 Strikes Again: Mental Health of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Rural Communities

Major

Public Health

Anticipated Graduation Year

2022

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Open Access

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic altered the lives of people around the world, but people living with a disability were disproportionately affected physically, mentally, and socially. Group residential housing in rural communities experiences staff shortages, lack of training in health promotion, and faces a limited sense of community. Furthermore, employment options may be scarce for individuals in these areas and many barriers exist to proper health services. Increased staff training, improved community engagement, and more accessible mental health services within rural communities will better assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their most happy and healthy life.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Justin Harbison and Anthony McIntosh

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COVID-19 Strikes Again: Mental Health of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities in Rural Communities

The COVID-19 pandemic altered the lives of people around the world, but people living with a disability were disproportionately affected physically, mentally, and socially. Group residential housing in rural communities experiences staff shortages, lack of training in health promotion, and faces a limited sense of community. Furthermore, employment options may be scarce for individuals in these areas and many barriers exist to proper health services. Increased staff training, improved community engagement, and more accessible mental health services within rural communities will better assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their most happy and healthy life.