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Joe Blankenau

Joe Blankenau is a political science professor at Wayne State College.

He has had several journal articles published and contributed to the book "Government in the Countryside."

He was the 2011-12 WSC Student Senate Professor of the Year and received the 2002 Theodore Lowi Award from the Policy Studies Organization.

Dr. Blankenau is a member and past president of the Great Plains Political Science Association. He is also a board member for the Center for Rural Affairs. 


Ph.D., 1995 - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

M.S., 1992 - University of Nebraska-Lincoln

B.A., 1989 - Kearney State College

Academic Interests

Dr. Blankenau's teaching interests include public policy, public administration, and statistics. His research interests are health and environmental policy, and Nebraska Public Policy.

Mental Health in Rural Nebraska Survey Results

These the are results from a 2016 study of mental health providers in rural Nebraska. Providers included in the survey were psychologists and those with at least one of the following licenses: Licensed Independent Mental Health Provider (LIMHP), Licensed Mental Health Providers (LMPH) and Licensed Alcohol/Drug Counselor (LADC). Rural was defined using the standards of the Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP).  A total of 704 surveys were mailed  and 250 surveys were returned for a response rate of 35.5%. Funding for the survey came from the Rural Futures Institute of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln/Rural Futures Institute Competitive Grant and is part of the Rural Health Undergraduate Research Project awarded in 2015. The project received exempt status from the Wayne State College Human Subjects Institutional Review Board. The findings/views of this report do not necessarily reflect the views of the Rural Futures Institute or collaborating organizations. For questions about this report contact Joe Blankenau, Wayne State College ( joblank1@wsc.edu).

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