John Keesler, PhD
Associate Professor, IU School of Social Work
Indiana University
Dr. Keesler is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Indiana University, Bloomington. In addition, he is a faculty affiliate of the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement. Dr. Keesler’s scholarship focuses on trauma and adversity, trauma-informed care, and quality of life. Dr. Keesler is actively engaged in community-based research, community service, and service-learning projects. Through these efforts he has established ongoing relationships with providers, leaders, and community members and engaged students in underserved rural communities of South-Central Indiana.

Presenting at the Nexus Summit:

The intended learning objectives for attendees are to: 1. Explain “Strategic Doing” as a leadership model for building collaborations2. Explore strategies for the development and implementation of events aimed at enhancing rural healthcare access and health literacy3. Discuss an approach to engage students with IPECP4. Discuss evaluation methodologiesRural Americans face health disparities (e.g., food deserts, environmental barriers to physical activity, and access to quality health care) which negatively impact their physical and mental well-being. Rural community members are also more…