The Social Determinants of Drug Overdoes and Related Despair in Rural and Small City America.  This webinar will summarize recent trends in opioid mortality rates and related deaths of despair (e.g., other drugs, suicide, alcohol) across the U.S., highlight large differences in rates across different types of rural communities, and describe relationships between structural conditions (e.g., economic, social, infrastructural) and mortality rates.  Objectives of the webinar are (1) to caution against a unilateral focus on the opioid epidemic to the detriment of ignoring other important preventable causes of mortality, (2) dispel the myth that the opioid crisis has disproportionately affected rural areas, and (3) move our focus beyond the individual-level determinants of addiction and death to a focus on the place-based nature of the opioid epidemic and deaths of despair more broadly. 


Presented by: Shannon M. Monnat, Associate Professor of Sociology, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.  Shannon Monnat is an Associate Professor of Sociology. She is also the Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion. Dr. Monnat received her Ph.D. in Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany in 2008. Prior to her appointment at Syracuse University, she was a faculty member for five years at University of Nevada Las Vegas and for four years at Penn State University. As a scholar of social inequality and social demography, Dr. Monnat's research examines the correlates and consequences of social disadvantage, particularly at the intersections of place, public policy, and health. 


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This work is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture [grant opportunity number: USDA-NIFA-RHSE-006360].