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Hot Topics — Addressing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Rural America
Suicide rates have recently risen in nearly every state in the U.S., with more dramatic increases in rural areas. In the January session of Hot Topics in Practice, two leaders from Idaho discuss why local public health agencies should be involved in mental and behavioral health issues and the role they can play in suicide prevention in rural areas.

This one-hour webinar begins with a review of national data and trends around suicide—noting how these deaths are often undercounted—and a look at the important stressors and strengths rural communities can consider when addressing this issue. The presenters will then share how local data are being used to guide population health planning efforts in Idaho that emphasize awareness, prevention, and support. Particular attention will be given to strategies for building partnerships and promoting resiliency.

Register today to learn how robust data and partnerships can help rural communities address mental health and suicide.

This webinar is supported by the Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center.

Jan 28, 2020 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Carol Moehrle
District Director, Public Health - Idaho North Central District
For the past 25 years, Carol has served as the District Director for Public Health – Idaho North Central District. This Public Health District covers Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis and Nez Perce counties in Idaho. She is active locally as well as nationally in Public Health. She has been active in the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and she served as the President of NACCHO 2010-2011. Carol also serves as Past Chair of the Public Health Accreditation Board as well as on the Board of the National Association of Counties (NACo) where she is chair of NACo’s Public Health and Healthy Communities Subcommittee.
Lora Whalen
District Director, Idaho Panhandle Health District
Lora Whalen has been with Panhandle Health District (PHD) since 2001. She has been in the Director role since 2010. PHD is a five-county region serving a population of 240,000. Prior to joining the District, Lora served for 7 years in the military as an army nurse. Upon military retirement, Lora and her husband Pat moved to Kootenai County, where she, for 10 years worked at the VA in Spokane managing the rehabilitation and hospice unit. Lora serves as the chairperson for the north Idaho chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN), she is a member and former chair of the North Idaho CASA Board and is an active member of the CDA Rotary Club. Lora attended the University of Iowa where she received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a BA in Spanish. She received her Master’s from the University of Idaho.