Nutrition, Food Security, and Support:Essential Information About Women and Stimulant Use in Rural Communities for SNAP-Ed Implementers

Stimulant use has been prevalent in the western US for decades and remains higher in rural communities than in metropolitan areas. For women, stimulant use tends to accelerate more quickly, leading to severe physical and emotional problems, and makes seeking help difficult, especially in rural areas. SNAP-Ed implementers are in a unique role as they regularly encounter women needing/receiving substance use treatment services and those in recovery. As such, understanding the impact of stimulant use on women and how to provide strength-based and trauma-informed approaches that promote recovery are important, especially since recovering from stimulant use is a complex process. Consequently, increasing the knowledge and skills of SNAP-Ed implementers regarding substance use and recovery will strengthen their connection with rural women as they continue their paths to health and wellness. 


  • Anne R. Lindsay, PhD, FACSM, Professor & Extension Specialist, University of Nevada Reno
  • Adrienne Markworth, Executive Director, Leah’s Pantry
  • Beth A. Rutkowski, MPH, Director of Training & Epidemiologist, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs, Co-Director, Pacific Southwest ATTC