Understanding Housing as a Social Driver of Health for Rural Residents

Duration: approximately minutes

During this webinar, our presenters shared recent research findings on rural/urban differences in housing cost burden and quality of housing stock. This webinar also included results from a series of key informant interviews on challenges and opportunities to support housing and improve health for rural residents. Viewers of this webinar will be able to describe differences between rural and urban residents in basic housing access and quality measures. Viewers will also be able to identify opportunities to improve housing as a social driver of health through policy and programming.


Mariana Tuttle, MPH
Mariana Tuttle is a Research Fellow at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. Since joining the Center in June of 2019, she has worked on an array of projects relating to various aspects of rural health. She has contributed to research on rural health issues across the lifespan, from maternal and child health to aging and older adults. Her research has also included work on sexual orientation and gender identity, living alone, access to care for rural residents, and evaluation of rural health grant programs. Ms. Tuttle holds a BA in biology and a BA in Spanish from the University of Arkansas, and received her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Minnesota. Her primary research interests center on the social determinants of health, racial and geographic health disparities, maternal and child health, quality of life across the lifespan, and access to care for rural populations.

Madeleine Pick, MPH
Madeleine Pick is a Research Fellow with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and the Flex Monitoring Team. Since joining the Center in 2020, her work has focused on quality of care and best practices in Critical Access Hospitals and access to healthcare for rural residents. She has also contributed to work addressing needs of marginalized populations, including the health and well-being of rural LGBTQ+ residents and language interpreter services in Critical Access Hospitals. Ms. Pick holds a BS in neuroscience and a minor in communication and journalism from the University of St. Thomas and an MPH in public health administration and policy from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

Katie Rydberg, MPH
Katie Rydberg is a Program Manager at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center. Since joining the Center in 2020, she has managed the operations and development of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Program. She has also contributed to federally funded research projects including evaluations of two HRSA planning grant programs and research on the rural direct care workforce, rural housing, the impact of ransomware attacks on rural hospitals, and rural medical debt. Ms. Rydberg holds a BA in Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology from St. Olaf College and an MPH in Community Health Sciences from the University of Illinois Chicago.

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