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Minnesota State Mankato Professor Participating in National Meetings on Rural Mental Health Issues

Professor Paul Force-Emery Mackie will meet with current and former government leaders in Washington, D.C.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-19-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato Professor Paul Force-Emery Mackie, a leader on rural mental health issues as a result of his scholarly work in that area, has been invited to join current and former national and state government officials in Washington, D.C., on Monday and Tuesday at meetings to discuss rural mental health issues and challenges

Mackie was invited to attend the White House Rural Council “Opportunity for All: Building a Brighter Future for Rural Families” Feb. 22-23 meetings that are being held to build on the work of the council and a Rural Impact initiative that focuses on ensuring low-income rural families have opportunities to thrive.

On Monday, Mackie will join several governors from across the United States in discussions of rural mental health issues, and on Tuesday, he will attend a discussion led by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and Acting Secretary of Education John King.

Mackie is attending the White House Rural Council meetings as part of his role as president of the National Association for Rural Mental Health (NARMH), located in Washington, D.C.

After the Feb. 23 meeting, Mackie has accepted an invitation to attend a reception with former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy and former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher to discuss challenges associated with effectively addressing the needs of those struggling with behavioral health and addiction treatment needs, especially in rural areas.

For more information, please contact Paul Force-Emery Mackie by phone at 507-389-6335 or by email at

Through his scholarly work and involvement with organizations in the rural mental health field of study, Mackie has frequently been invited to attend and participate in events and discussions with national leaders, to include meeting with former first lady Rosalynn Carter at the Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, held annually at the Carter Center in Atlanta.

Mackie is a professor of social work who since 2012 has served as university assessment coordinator in Minnesota State Mankato’s Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Assessment. Mackie earned a doctorate degree in social work from the University of Denver in 2005 and a master of social work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., in 1999.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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