Amy Wahlquist, MS

Rural Health Equity Research Center

Phone: 423.439.5454

Center for Rural Health Research & Biostatistics and Epidemiology
East Tennessee State University
PO Box 70704
Johnson City, TN 37614

Current Projects - (1)

  • Suicide Mortality: A Comparison of Urban and Rural Rates
    Suicide contributes to significant mortality in the United States. This project will examine the variation in suicide rates by geography and explore its driving factors among urban and rural areas in the United States from 2018 to 2021. The research design of this study will adopt a cross-sectional, retrospective approach, using secondary data.
    Research center: Rural Health Equity Research Center
    Topics: Health disparities and health equity, Healthcare access, Mental and behavioral health, Public health, Rural statistics and demographics, Social determinants of health, Uninsured and underinsured

Publications - (2)



  • Examining the Burden of Public Stigma Associated With Mental Illness in the Rural United States
    Policy Brief
    Rural Health Equity Research Center
    Date: 09/2022
    Stigma is a widely recognized barrier to receipt of health and mental health services. This policy brief documents the burden of public stigma associated with any mental illness in rural versus non-rural communities in the United States. Differences in stigmatizing attitudes and beliefs by rurality, gender, race and ethnicity, and age are examined.