The West Virginia Rural Health Conference educates and informs health professionals, students, community leaders and engaged citizens about innovation, best practices and leadership in rural health.
The conference includes state and national rural health updates, and provides an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.
Chaired in its 25th year by former Davis Health System CEO and President, Mark Doak, the theme of the West Virginia Rural Health Conference is Silver Linings: Reflecting On Our Past, Transitioning To Our Future.
The broad range of conference sessions will be of interest to:
- Allied health professionals
- Nurses and nurse practitioners
- Physician assistants
- Social workers
- Emergency service personnel
- Insurance agents
- Academics and students from a variety of health professions
- Government officials
- Business and community leaders
- Extension agents
- Community planners
- Community health care volunteers
- Nonprofit organizations
- Individuals involved in rural health
With support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and other generous sponsors, the conference gathers individuals and groups interested in the health of rural residents.
The 2017 conference agenda is the collaborative result of statewide partners seeking the best speakers to address current topics of interest in rural health.
The West Virginia Rural Health Association invites attendees to a reception on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to celebrate the opening of the 25th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference.
The 13th Annual Silent Auction opens Wednesday and closes Thursday evening. Proceeds support West Virginia Rural Health Association advocacy and programs. Please plan to visit and place a bid on your favorite items.
HEALTH RESEARCH POSTER DISPLAY
A rural health research poster display and oral presentation session will be held on the Wednesday. Click here for information on how to submit your project.
There are a number of options for lodging during the conference. Here are the details about special rates.
While You’re At The Conference, Join The West Virginia Rural Health Association…
The West Virginia Rural Health Association is a nonprofit, grassroots, member-driven organization with the mission “to unite people, communities and organizations to strengthen rural health in West Virginia.”
We will be holding a membership drive during the conference. If you are interested in joining the West Virginia Rural Health Association, or updating your membership, speak with our staff at the registration desk during the conference.
For more information about the West Virginia Rural Health Association and the work we do, visit www.wvrha.org.
…And Attend Our Annual Meeting
West Virginia Rural Health Association members will meet during the conference on Thursday from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the Balsam Room. All conference attendees are invited.
STUDENT AND COMMUNITY MEMBER SCHOLARSHIPS
A limited number of scholarships are available for students and community members that want to attend the conference.
The application deadline is August 18. Recipients of conference scholarships are afforded lodging at the conference center if the recipient resides 50 miles or more outside the conference area.
Scholarships will be awarded based on applicant’s experience, service, and desire to provide health service and/or promote access and the continuation of quality health care to the rural population of West Virginia.
PROJECT/RESEARCH ORAL AND POSTER PRESENTATIONS
Students and residents in training are invited to submit abstracts of rural health projects or research for oral or poster presentations at the 2017 West Virginia Rural Health Conference.
Faculty or health professionals are invited to submit abstracts of rural health projects or research for poster presentations only.
Submitted projects/research should be applicable to the health of rural West Virginians. Abstracts will be accepted for projects in-progress and completed projects, as well as those that have been presented elsewhere.