West Virginia Rural Health Conference Almost Sold Out

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Only 34 seats remain for the 2018 West Virginia Rural Health Conference – one of the most anticipated gatherings in the region of health professionals, students, advocates and change-makers.

To be held Oct. 17 – 19 at Pipestem Resort State Park, the conference features national and state best practices speakers, provides continuing education to physicians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, community health educators and others, and is an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.

Hundreds of seats have already been sold, and just a few remain.

Book yours now at wvrha.org/2018-west-virginia-rural-health-conference/

The West Virginia Rural Health Conference continues to build as one of the most significant in its 26 year history, coming at a pivotal time for the state and its people.

With the eyes of the world on how West Virginia will respond to the health challenges currently plaguing the state, this year’s conference is dedicated to unearthing and supporting transformative, game-changing ideas that push the needle on health outcomes.

Learn more, and reserve your spot, at wvrha.org/2018-west-virginia-rural-health-conference/

We Are Seeking West Virginia’s Rural Health Champions!

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Nominations will soon close for the West Virginia Rural Health Awards, which recognize and celebrate students, health professionals and community advocates working hard to improve health care for West Virginians in rural communities.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 3!

Here’s where you go for more info, and to submit a nomination: wvrha.org/west-virginia-rural-health-awards-2/

The award for Outstanding Rural Health Student recognizes a student from a school in West Virginia that has shown a commitment to providing health care in rural communities in this state, and includes $1,000 cash award.

Other awards include Outstanding Rural Health Provider, Excellence in Rural Health (Individual), and Excellence in Rural Health (Organization or Program).

The awards are hosted by the West Virginia Rural Health Association (WVRHA), and will be presented at its annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference at Pipestem Resort State Park, Oct. 17 – 19.

WVRHA Executive Director, Debrin Jenkins, said this week that with the state suffering from unprecedented health crisis, it was critically important to celebrate and uplift the tough work being done by people to tackle those challenges.

“These are the people on the front lines,” she says. “Rural communities, particularly in West Virginia, are under-funded and under-resourced, and they are where the toughest battles are being fought. It’s hard work, often thankless work, and there are people in these communities showing incredible commitment and strength to help their fellow West Virginians. We want to celebrate these people.”

Do you know someone working on the front lines of rural health care in West Virginia? Show them you appreciate them by nominating them today!

Just 79 Seats Remain for West Virginia Rural Health Conference in October

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This October’s West Virginia Rural Health Conference continues to build as one of the most significant in its 26 year history, coming at a pivotal time for the state and its people.

Still two months out from the conference and it is already almost a sell out. Just 79 seats remain.

On September 15 the early bird discount expires, and ticket prices will jump from $250 to $300. Register now to ensure you don’t miss out on this crucial gathering of West Virginia’s health leaders, advocates, students and community champions.

With the eyes of the world on how West Virginia will respond to the health challenges currently plaguing the state, this year’s West Virginia Rural Health Conference is dedicated to unearthing and supporting transformative, game-changing ideas that push the needle on health outcomes.

“The onus is on West Virginia’s health professionals, students, educators, community advocates and leaders to generate the ideas and solutions that will lead to real and lasting community change,” WVRHA Executive Director Debrin Jenkins said this week.

Register now at wvrha.org/2018-west-virginia-rural-health-conference

 

The Eyes of the World Are On West Virginia. Will You Step Up at the 2018 Rural Health Conference?

As we struggle in the grip of an unprecedented public health emergency that threatens the future of our state and its people, the eyes of the world are trained on West Virginia.

Now, we must respond.

The onus is on West Virginia’s health professionals, students, educators, community advocates and leaders to generate the ideas and solutions that will lead to real and lasting community change.

Are we up to the challenge? Are the transformative ideas out there that can have a real and immediate impact in improving health outcomes in West Virginia’s rural communities?

That remains to be seen.

The West Virginia Rural Health Association will dedicate its annual rural health conference this year to unearthing and supporting the bold, brave ideas that are needed if we are able to reverse the deadly trends that are crippling the state.

If you are a working on health programs and solutions for West Virginia, we invite you to present a session at this year’s West Virginia Rural Health Conference.

To be held at Pipestem Resort State Park, October 17 – 19, the theme of this year’s event is Revitalizing our Rural Communities for a Healthy West Virginia.

The deadline for presentation applications is March 30.

INTERESTED IN PRESENTING A SESSION?

Submit your presentation proposal – deadline March 30.

Presentations will be grouped into three tracks:

  • Leadership/Policy
    Topics could include health policy, leadership development, social determinants of health, board development, and others.
  • Clinical
    Topics could include chronic disease management, community health workers, telehealth, behavioral health, and others.
  • Future of Health Care/Innovation
    Topics could include technology, health care transformation, creative health solutions, and others.

DEADLINE MARCH 30

Big ideas needed.

West Virginia Rural Health Awards 2017 – Nomination Form

The West Virginia Rural Health Association celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health, through the presentation of the West Virginia Rural Health Awards each year.

Recipients are chosen through a nomination process, and the winners are announced on Oct. 12 during the annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference at Canaan Valley Resort, Davis.

To nominate a person or organization for a West Virginia Rural Health Award, fill out the form below.
The deadline for nominations is Monday, Aug. 28.

These awards are granted to individuals or organizations deserving of recognition for their rural health efforts in West Virginia.

In addition, the awards may be granted to an individual in a non-health related position, who has carried out exemplary work in promoting health in rural areas; i.e., a physical education teacher who has adopted a unique approach to addressing physical inactivity within their classroom; a minister or faith-based person leading a healthy lifestyle program with a rural congregation; or a private entrepreneur who developed a unique software/app to impact healthy behaviors.

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Nominations are accepted in 3 categories:

WV Rural Health Association Award for Excellence in Rural Health

This award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of exceptionally meritorious contributions to the improvement of health to the people in rural West Virginia. It honors creative work of particular effectiveness in applying knowledge or innovative organizational work to the betterment of community health.

Individuals/organizations nominated for the award will have made significant and well recognized contributions to the improvement of rural health in West Virginia.

Outstanding Rural Health Provider of the Year

This award recognizes a direct service provider who has exhibited outstanding leadership in the improvement of health care services to the rural areas of West Virginia. The nominees can include, but are not limited to, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives.

Outstanding Rural Health Student of the Year

This award recognizes extraordinary student initiated and performed activity demonstrated within the field of rural health. The nominee will have significant accomplishments in rural health. Efforts may include clinical, infrastructure development, research, promotional or volunteer activities.

The West Virginia Rural Health Association will provide a $1,000 cash award to the outstanding rural health student of the year.

To nominate a person or organization for a West Virginia Rural Health Award, fill out the form below.
The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 28, 2017.

2017 Rural Health Awards Nomination Form

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Scholarships Deadline this Friday for West Virginia Rural Health Conference

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A limited number of scholarships are available for students and community members that want to attend the 25th Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference in Davis this October.

The scholarships cover the cost of conference registration, and recipients are also afforded lodging at the conference center if the recipient resides 50 miles or more outside the conference area.

The application deadline for scholarships is August 18.

Here’s where you go for more information, and to access the application form.

Fifteen scholarships are available for students, and and five for community members. 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.

Given the massive health care challenges the state is wrestling with in 2017, it is vitally important that the conversation about health care in West Virginia involve as many people as possible, and include a broad array of experiences, knowledge and viewpoints.

The loss of good paying jobs in the state and a critical shortage of healthcare providers has created a ‘perfect storm’ that has hit West Virginia very hard.

It’s critically important that students and community members are involved in shaping health solutions, and so we absolutely must have them at the table.

The rural health conference in October will dive head-first into some of our most urgent issues, including the future of Medicaid, opioid addiction and recovery, what health reform might look like in rural communities, and behavioural health management.

But if West Virginia was to successfully navigate this perilous year for the health of people in this state, ideas and solutions will have to come from a wide range of West Virginians.

That’s why the West Virginia Rural Health Association provides these scholarships. It’s critically important that students and community members are involved in shaping these health solutions, and so we absolutely must have them at the table.

The deadline for scholarship applications is August 18. Apply now at wvrha.org.

 

Also Seeking Research Abstracts

In addition to a full schedule of expert speakers, the conference will also feature a rural health research poster display and oral presentation session.

Students and health researchers are encouraged to submit abstracts for consideration. Click here for more information about how to submit a research abstract.

The deadline for abstracts submissions is August 20.

The West Virginia Rural Health Association advocates for empowering all West Virginians to advance their quality of life, their well-being and their access to excellence in rural health care. Its mission is to unite people, communities and organizations to strengthen rural health in West Virginia.

Learn more at wvrha.org.