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/
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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!
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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
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.