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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.


Identifying Education and Training Needs Among the Youth Population

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

                        ~ Malcom X



Identifying Food Needs

Within Three Key Populations on Martha's Vineyard

"All sorrows are less with bread."

              ~ Miguel de              Cervantes

Glass of Milk


Inclusive Recreation and Leisure

"We rise by lifting others."

                        ~ Robert Ingersoll




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



Addressing Sexual

and Reproductive Health on

Martha's Vineyard

“Empower woman, empower the human community. The base on which the world stands is a woman."

               ~  author unknown



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


Homelessness on

Martha's Vineyard

The average age of a homeless person in Massachusetts is  8 years old. 


Examining Elder Mistreatment on Martha's Vineyard

If you suspect a senior is being abused, call your local Council on Aging or 911.




Healthy Aging Initiative:  Coordination, Communication, Service

"Youth has no age."

                     ~  Pablo Picasso



Accessiblity of Healthy Foods

"One can not think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well."

               ~  Virginia Woolf



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 .


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