Leading through advocacy, education, and relationships

Thank you to our 2024 Ohio Rural Health Conference
Platinum Sponsors! 

Raabe College of Pharmacy
State Office of Rural Health
Amerihealth Caritas Ohio
Humana Healthy Horizons in Ohio
Main Street Health










2024 Ohio Rural Health Conference
July 29 & 30, 2024
Raabe College of Pharmacy, Ohio Northern University in Ada

No refunds for registration after June 27, 2024



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2024 Ohio Rural Health Conference


8-8:45 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m.
HRSA Presentation
Amanda Waldrup, MS, CHES

10:00 a.m.
State of Rural
Troy Brown
Chartis Group

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Sessions Open (Sessions are 45 minutes in length)

11:00 a.m.
Critical Access Hospital Meeting (CAH)
Troy Brown
Chartis Group

11:00 a.m.
Surveying the State of Rural Healthcare Ethics in Ohio and Beyond
Stephanie Larson, PhD, HEC-C
Devora Shapiro, 
Case Western Reserve University

11:00 a.m.
Laughter REALLY is the BEST medicine!
Misty Harmon
Ohio State University

11:00 a.m.
Make the Numbers Make Sense – How to Utilize Data to Tell Your Story
Carly Salamone, MPH
Fisher-Titus Medical Center

12:00 p.m. Lunch/Ballroom at McIntosh

1:30 p.m.
Rural Healthcare Clinic (RHC) Meeting
Greg Wolf

1:30 p.m.
Military Culture
Nicole Laurenzi, MBA, MS, AT, Ohio Brain Injury Program
Jason Hughes, Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation

1:30 p.m.
Research objective: A description of the frequency and focus of coalition’s discussions about health equity related to urban or rural geography in Ohio's HEALing Communities Study and influence on intervention implementation.
Sara Roberts and Judith Harness

1:30 p.m.
Getting Mental Health Education to Rural Ohioans
Jessica Wright
Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio

2:30 p.m.
Rural Healthcare Clinic (RHC) Meeting
Kate Hill, RN
The Compliance Team

2:30 p.m.
Interprofessional rural/underserved health training program --> From design to impact: overview of an interprofessional rural health training program
Michelle Musser,  PharmD, BCPS, NCTTP
Emily Eddy, R.Ph., PharmD, BCACP, BC-ADM
Ohio Northern University

2:30 p.m. Poster Session

2:30 p.m.
Collaborative action developed in rural Appalachian Ohio
Richard “Rick” Hodges, MPA
Ohio University

3:30 p.m.
Rural Healthcare Clinic Meeting
Kristen Ogden, RN
The Compliance Team

3:30 p.m.

Advocacy, Connection, and Telehealth:  Increasing Access to Gambling Disorder Services
Problem Gambling Network of Ohio

3:30 p.m.
Beyond the Barriers: Using Telehealth and Digital Health to Promote Health Equity in Rural Communities
Danielle Renckly
Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center (UMTRC)

3:30 p.m.
Matching student learning needs with gaps in local health --> Looking for the win-win: facilitating student learning while filling local health care needs
Michelle Musser, PharmD, BCPS, NCTTP
Ohio Northern University

6:00 p.m. Evening Reception/McIntosh Ballroom
Heavy Hors d'oeuvres
Wine Bar

July 30 (Day 2)

8:30 a.m.
A View from Capitol Hill
National Rural Health Association
Carrie Cochran-McClain, DrPH

9:00 Sessions Open

9:00 a.m.
5 Star Swing Bed Census Breakthrough
Brian Lee
Custom Learning Systems Group, Ltd.

9:00 a.m.
Using Population Data to Drive Care Management Program Development
Lindsay Corcoran, MHA
Stroudwater Associates

9:00 a.m.
Telling your Rural Healthcare Organization’s Story Using the Science of Communication
Emily Bennett, Melanie Wilt
Shift•ology Communication

9:00 a.m.
Improving Care for Rural Health System Elders: Implementing NICHE™ in a Critical Access Hospital
Andrea Owen-Shearer MSN, RN, NE-BC
Susan Peters BSN, RN, NE-BC

10:00 a.m.
Secrets of the Staffing Fix
Brian Lee
Custom Learning Systems Group, Ltd.

10:00 a.m.
What Rural Hospitals Need to Know About Developing Partnerships
Jeffrey Sommer, MPP
Stroudwater Associates

10:00 a.m.
Implementing Medicare’s Chronic Care Management Program
Amy Graham, Lindsay Corcoran
Stroudwater Associates

10:00 a.m.
Ethical considerations and moral distress of cancer care in rural healthcare settings
Suzanne Carroll, MS, RN, AOCN
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York

11:00 a.m.
Medication Affordability: Are there Solutions?
Ruth Lim, PharmD candidate
Ohio Northern University

11:00 a.m.
Making the Invisible Visible: Understanding the Challenges, Needs, & Barriers of Communities of Color in Appalachia when accessing the healthcare system
Brandi Baker, MPA, CDP
Dr. Amanda Flowers, M.A., Ph.D.-Health
Bose Maposa
Liana Flore
Racial Equity Coalition of Athens County (RECAC)

11:00 a.m.

Synergizing Care: Optimizing Nurse-Provider Communication in Post-Acute Care to Enhance Patient Outcomes
Rupal Oza, MD
MedOne Healthcare Partners

11:00 a.m.
Rural Medical Care for Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Substances: Patient Success and Joy in Practice
Stacey Gardner-Buckshaw, Ph.D., MPA, Kay Seibert, M.Ed., M.D.S.,
Hannah Haynie, M.S.
Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)

11:45 a.m. Lunch Buffet Opens (McIntosh Ballroom)

1:00 p.m. Keynote Presentation

"Winning Ways of Women Leaders (for all leaders) in Rural Healthcare"

Panelists include:

Stacey Gabriel, RN, BSN, MBA/MHA, RHCEOC, President/CEO of Hocking Valley Community Hospital, Ohio

Morgan Allison, MHA, MHA, BS, CEO of Kiowa County Memorial Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas

Amanda Kovolyan, MD, Avita Health System, Board Certified in Family Medicine, Chief Medical Officer Avita Bucyrus Hospital and Medical Director for Avita Home Health & Hospice

Panel Sponsored by “Rural Hospital Insurance of America (RHIA), Powered by NRHA, Managed by Healthsure.”

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