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In presenting this conference, we are pleased to partner with the Ohio Department of Health - State Office of Rural Health, the Appalachian Rural Health Institute at Ohio University and the Department of Social and Public Health at Ohio University.

2021 Ohio Rural Health Conference Agenda

"Resilience in Rural"

Agenda is subject to change. All sessions will be presented via Zoom.

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Conference Program

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Wednesday, August 11

9:00 AM – Conference Welcome – Shane Ford, State Office of Rural Health

Welcome from Gold Sponsor, Angel Flight East, Jessica Ames

9:15 AM – The State of Rural Healthcare Troy Brown, Chartis Group

10:15 AM – Concurrent Sessions 1

Home, Health, and Humility: How Community Health Workers Fit in Rural Spaces - Shanda Lewis

Reducing Suicide in Rural Communities -  Jessica Devine

Six Things Every Rural Hospital CEO Must Do -  Robert Thorn

Environmental Health Inequities in Rural Appalachia- Michele Morrone, PhD

11:15 AM – Concurrent Sessions 2

Using Collaboration to Address Local Food Insecurity - Alisha Barton

MIPS Reporting: Change is inevitable, Success is optional - Scott Mash

Developing the Rural Healthcare Workforce: A Rural Scholars Program - Michelle Musser

The Role of Social Service Referral Networks - Ana Koerner

12:15 PM – Concurrent Sessions 3

Opening a Non-Profit Pharmacy in South East Ohio - Rebecca Lahrman

CDC Health Equity Grant and Rural Impact - Jamie Carmichael

Access to Vision Care for Students in Appalachia - Dr. Shane Foster

Meeting Military Families Where They Are: A Rural Approach to Behavioral Healthcare through a Multi-institutional Program - Brei Miller

     Growing the Next Generation of Rural Physician Leaders - Lori Martenson

1:00 PM – Adjourn

Poster Sessions – All day

Exhibit Hall – All day 


Thursday, August 12

9:00 AM – State Office of Rural Health Updates, Shane Ford

Ohio Rural Health Association Updates, Presentation of the 2021 Rural Health Improvement Plan - Cory Cronin

Welcome from Sponsor, Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center, Kathleen Chelminiak

9:50 AM – Regional Breakout Conversations – Engaging with the 2021 Rural Health Improvement Plan

10:30 AM – Concurrent Sessions 4

CCNE Accredited Nursing Programs and Tuition Grants - Lauren Prieboy

Hope in Flight for Patients in Rural Communities - Jessica Ames

Pathways to Rural Practice in Ohio: A medical school collaborative - Michael Appleman, MA Ed

COVID-19 Emergency Authorization Providing Telemedicine in Rural Homes - Carl L. White

11:15 AM – Concurrent Sessions 5

Advocating for Safe Medication Use in Older Adults - Ruth Emptage, PharmD

Stress and Depression among Rural Social Workers in Ohio during the COVID-19 Pandemic - Daejun Park, PhD

You've Called 911 -- Now What? - Christopher J. Faulknor, BS, EMT-P I/C

Rural Health Clinic Cost Reporting - Overview and Emerging Topics - Julie Quinn, CPA, MBA

 12:00 - 12:30 pm  -The Rural Healthcare Landscape, Alan Morgan, National Rural Health Association

12:30–2:30 PM – Rural Health Clinic Network Meeting, Kate Hill, The Compliance Team and Gregory Wolf, Lilypad

Understand Your Performance: State, Regional and National Benchmarks for Ohio RHCs, Gregory Wolf, Lilypad

Ohio RHC Self Survey presentation from Kate Hill

Ohio COVID Home presentation from Kate Hill

1:00 - 2:00 pm - ORHA Young Rural Health Professionals reception and networking meeting


Friday, August 13

Welcome from Gold Sponsor, The Compliance Team, Kate Hill

Keynote Presentation

9:00 AM – Keynote Presentation, Jessica Rector, MBA, Ignite the Burned Out

10:15 AM – Concurrent Sessions 6

Be the Leader Nobody Wants to Leave – Galvanize Retention Even During a Pandemic - Kristin Baird, RN, BSN, MHA

Meeting Patients Where They Are: Improvements in a Chronic Care Management Program in a Rural FQHC - Alicia Stafford

Comprehensive County Data Profiles - Richard Hodges and Orman Hall

Celebrating 100 Yeas of Care in a Rural Community - Allen Hocker, MHA, BSN, CNOR, RN

11:15 AM – Concurrent Sessions 7

Increasing Vaccination Uptake in Rural Health Communities - Denise DiDonato, MBA

Humanizing Healthcare Coverage in the Digital Age - Leveraging Patient Advocate Experts to Drive Revenue - Traci Barry

Oral Health In At-Risk Populations and Access to Care - Homa Amini, DDS, MPH, MS

Understanding Ohio’s Agriculture Improves Health Care Delivery - Bridget Britton

12:30-2:00 PM – Critical Access Hospital Network Meeting, Troy Brown, Chartis Group

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