Posted: March 6, 2017

Shannon M. Monnat, Penn State, will present a webinar on April 11, 2017 titled "Deaths of Despair in Pennsylvania and Beyond: A Demographer’s Take on Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Mortality in Small City and Rural America." The webinar, taking place at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time, is sponsored by the Community Assessment and Education to Promote Behavioral Health Planning and Evaluation (CAPE) project.

Image credit: Amayzun via Flickr

Image credit: Amayzun via Flickr

This webinar will describe trends in drug, alcohol, and suicide mortality in the U.S., explore some of the potential explanations for why rates have increased over the past two decades and why these deaths are more prevalent in certain geographic areas, and discuss what it will take to counter these trends. The webinar will also explore the role that community-level illness and despair played in the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election.

Shannon Monnat is an Assistant Professor of Rural Sociology, Demography, and Sociology and a Research Associate in the Population Research Institute at Penn State. She is also a Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Her research explores how economic, social, institutional, and policy factors are related to health and health disparities in the U.S.

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