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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.

2022 Ohio Rural Health Conference Agenda

"Growing the Future of Rural Health"

Agenda is subject to change
Full Conference Program Coming Soon

Day 1

8:00 - Exhibitor Tables Open

9 AM – Conference Welcome 

  • State Office of Rural Health Update: Shane Ford, Director, State Office of Rural Health 
  • ORHA Update: Sharon Casapulla, EdD, MPH, President, Ohio Rural Health Association
  • HRSA Update: Amanda Waldrup, MS, CHES

10 AM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Access to Healthcare in Rural Communities: Jess Ames, B.S.
  • Addressing Health Equity in Rural Ohio: A Change Package to Advance Your Efforts: Christine Bailey, MSN, RN, CSSGB
  • Leveraging School-Based Healthcare to Address Unmet Rural Health Needs - Mary Kay Irwin, EdD, Theresa Hatton, BA

11 AM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Empathy: Your Service Superpower: John D. Hanson
  • Let's Talk about Caregivers and Mental Health: Bridget Britton
  • EHR-based Public Health Reporting Options for 2022 and Beyond: Scott Mash, MSLIT, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, Cathy Costello, JD, CPHIMS

12 PM – Lunch and Exhibitor Tables 

12:30 PM - Keynote Address - Brian Alexander

1:30 PM - Book Signing and Exhibitor Tables

2 PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • NRHA Leadership Solutions: Are They Making a Difference?: Bill Auxier, Ph.D., Sidney Grant, MHA
  • We're Building a Rural Residency. Should You Too?: Lori Martensen, M.S., Sherry Adkins, MD, MPH
  • Health Care as a Metaphor for Moral Leadership of Schools during the Opioid Epidemic: Mike Hess, PhD, Charles Lowery, PhD
  • Asking the Right Questions and Finding the Right Resources for Rural Caregivers: Laura Akgerman, MA, CRC

3 PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Tai Chi for Arthritis, Fighting Falls, Pain, and Inflammation through Gentle Movement: Roseanne Scammahorn, Ph.D, NCC, Lorissa Dunfee, M.S., Ken Stewart, B.A., Misty Harmon, M.Ed
  • Social Media & Rural Medicine: Mike Sevilla, MD
  • Making Change Visible: Ruth Dudding, Melissa Thomas, PhD, MSPH, MSA, MCHES, C-CHW

4 PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Medical Misinformation and Disinformation Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Karen L Kier, BSPh, MSc, PhD, BCPS, BCACP, CTTS, FASHP, FCCP 
  • Project JOY: Bringing Back the Fun to Healthcare! Julie Grow
  • Price Transparency: Using the Data: Bob Paskowski, Jason Hardin, Kathy Reep

Day 2

7 AM – Breakfast and Exhibitor Tables

8:30 AM – Plenary: National Rural Health Policy Update

  • Josh Jorgensen, Government Affairs and Policy Director, National Rural Health Association

9 AM – State of Rural

  • Troy Brown, Chartis Health

10 AM-12 PM – Critical Access Hospital Meeting 

10 AM – Concurrent Sessions

  • When the Community Is the Classroom: Student-driven Community-based Projects in a Rural Health Training ProgramMichelle Musser, PharmD, BCPS, NCTTP
  • Telehealth for Today's Challenges in Ohio: Jessica Devine
  • Who Is ALICE? A Discussion of "The Line" in Ohio: Shivangi Patel, MS, Sharon Casapulla, EdD, MPH

11 AM – Concurrent Sessions

  • POSTER presentations
  • Sun Exposure Risk-Factors and Sun Protective Behaviors Practiced by a Sample of Rural Ohio FarmersPatricia Brinkman, M.A., B.S., Jill Kilanowski, PhD, RN, CPNP, FAAN, Dee Jepsen, PhD, Emilee Drerup, MPH, CHES


12 PM – Lunch and Exhibitor Tables

1-4 PM – Rural Health Clinic Meeting

  • Keeping up with RHC Compliance - Steve Simmerman
  • The Value of PCMH in our Clinic - Kristin Ogden
  • RHC Finance, Quality and Operational Performance Improvement - Greg Wolf, MBA
  • RHC Cost Reporting - Julie Quinn, CPA, MBA

1 PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • OSU Extension Public Health AmeriCorps (E-HPAC)Pat Bebo, MS, RDN, Erik Erik Porfeli, PhD
  • Shortage Designations and Loan RepaymentRyan Kline, Reseacher
  • How Much Do You Know about Health In Your County? Exploring Publicly Available Health Outcomes Data to Address Social Determinants of HealthKayla Alvis, MS, BCBA, Sharon Casapulla, EdD, MPH

2 PM – Concurrent Sessions

  • Improving Access to Rural Health through ONU HealthWise ServicesMichael J. Rush, PharmD, MBA, BCACP, CDE/CDCES, NCTTP
  • Physical Education & Health Education in Ohio's SchoolsKevin Lorson, PhD

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