Welcome to the Community, Health and Family webpage

Mission Statement:

The Community, Family and Health Research Interest Group is a multidisciplinary community of scholars interested in engaging in the open exchange of ideas, collaborative research, and promoting teaching with the principal objectives of improving the quality of life of rural communities, both domestic and international.

RIG members are devoted to developing innovative research methods and theories in the study of such topics as community attachment and satisfaction, social change and development, the sociological study of the family, and population health and well-being in rural communities can endeavor to gain a more advantageous position in an increasingly urban world. 

We are also sponsors of the Ronald Wimberley undergraduate and graduate student paper competition and the Ralph Brown faculty paper competition each year.  Awards are made at our Business Meeting held in conjunction with the RSS annual meeting each year.

Ralph B. Brown Scholar Paper Competition
Deadline: May 3, 2019

The Community, Family, and Health Research Interest Group (RIG) is proud to announce the fourth annual Ralph B. Brown scholar paper competition designed to encourage and support research in rural communities. The call for papers is open to a wide range of topics in keeping with the spirit of the award’s namesake, Ralph Brown. Emphasis should be placed on such topics as community satisfaction and attachment, social change and development, family and community, and community leadership. International research is highly encouraged in accordance with his dedication to international development studies. Preference will be given to those papers that make a strong contribution to our understanding of rural community life and health. How are rural communities adapting to challenges brought about by scientific changes, economic transformation, or health needs?

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Ronald Wimberley Student Paper Competition
Deadline: May 3, 2019

The Community, Family, and Health Research Interest Group (RIG) is proud to announce the sixth annual Ronald Wimberley student paper competition designed to encourage and support graduate student research on rural communities. The call for papers is open to a wide range of topics in keeping with the spirit of the award’s namesake, Ronald Wimberley. Emphasis should be placed on the improvement of the quality-of-life in rural communities. Preference will be given to those papers that make a strong contribution to our understanding of rural community life and health. How are rural communities adapting to challenges brought about by scientific changes, economic transformation, or health needs?

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Leadership

Co-Chair: Karen Hayden
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Co-Chair: Karl Jicha
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Co-Chair: Michael Cope
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Information

The Community, Health and Family RIG holds two paper competitions each year.  Awards are made at the RIG Business Meeting at the RSS Annual Meeting.