The Rural Scholars is a select group of students from the University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Nursing and Medicine. Sponsored by the Health Council and housed by the Martha's Vineyard Hospital, the students spend time on the Vineyard researching and analyzing health related topics of critical importance to our island. Their data-supported reports assist the Council in proceeding with its mission.
Laying the foundation for Advanced Care Planning on Martha's Vineyard
"You may not control life's circumstances, but getting to be the author of your life means getting to control what you do with them."
~ Atul Gawande
Addiction and the Martha's Vineyard Community: Assessment of Substance Use Disorder and Addiction Services in a Rural at-risk Population
"The idea that addicts must 'hit bottom' is an archaic and potentially deadly myth."
~ David Sheff, author of Clean
"Youth has no age."
~ Pablo Picasso
Healthy Aging Initiative: Coordination, Communication, Service
Mental Health &
Substance Abuse Services for the Elderly
"Approximately 15% of adults over 60 suffer from mental illness. This figure will double in the next 30 years."
~ World Health Organization
Transitioning to the High School Years:
A Guide for Parents and Guardians
Young people who drink before age 15 are four times as likely to have alcohol dependence as those who
start drinking at age 21 .