Explore opportunities and challenges for advancing rural and community health equity

Designed For
Community members and students who are interested in advancing rural and community health equity. Participants should be ready for an immersive experience, including a week on the Corvallis campus.
June 24 - July 20, 2018
On-site at Oregon State University, Corvallis OR
$1200 for non-credit option (+$60 registration fee)
Partial scholarships are available - request more information above!
Credit courses are charged Summer Session tuition and fees. Faculty and staff benefits apply.
Four weeks
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This new summer program brings together students, professionals and community members interested in exploring opportunities and challenges for advancing rural and community health equity in the context of poverty.

This unique offering combines two courses, Families and Poverty (HDFS 447 / 547) and Community Engagement and Social Change (HDFS 408 / 508), to examine the multiple causes and consequences of family poverty and allow you to develop a customized plan within a community. Both courses are required. You can choose either credit or non-credit (professional development) options. 

  • For undergraduate (400-level) or graduate (500-level) college credit, click the “Register For Credit (UG/GR)” link on the right to request departmental permission.
  • To participate without receiving college credit, click the “Register For Non-Credit” link on the right.


During the Summer Institute, we will:


  • Deeply examine poverty and inequality as root causes or social determinants of a range of health inequities.
  • Employ a social justice lens to scrutinize the causes and consequences of poverty in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.
  • Apply a collective impact model to envision and plan ways to advance health equity within a community.

Through course activities, guest speakers, a field trip and a community-based project, you will learn and apply community engagement strategies to affect positive change. Participants may include OSU students, OSU Extension field faculty and community partners.

  • Kate MacTavish

    Kate is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Kate’s research centers on examining how place matters to the lives of developing children and the well-being of families. Focused largely on families in the context of rural poverty, Kate’s work aims to enhance our understanding of how social institutions and local community organizations might work to foster more just approaches to addressing and alleviating poverty and its consequences.

    Kate earned a PhD in Human and Community Development from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. Kate has led experiential learning courses with both graduate and undergraduate students focused on rural community sustainability in Oregon and Japan. Kate is also the Director of Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives for the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. 

  • Stephanie Grutzmacher


    Stephanie Grutzmacher is an Assistant Professor with the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Dr. Grutzmacher's work focuses on food security, nutrition literacy, and the development and evaluation of family, school and community-based nutrition education programs for low-income populations. 

    Stephanie has conducted training programs with women in Afghanistan to improve family food security and dietary quality through backyard gardening. She has served as a faculty advisor for Public Health without Borders and the University of Maryland Alternative Breaks program, fostering experiential service learning experiences for undergraduate students in the areas of health and development.