The 2019 New England Rural Health Conference - "Think Big. Act Rural." promises to be the premiere interdisciplinary rural health conference in the region.  The conference will be held on November 6 and 7 at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine.  This conference is a great opportunity to network, showcase your work and bring exposure to your initiatives.  

Presentations that incorporate the theme of "Think Big. Act Rural." will be given priority.  When possible, proposals should address opportunities, challenges, and other important aspects of serving members of our rural New England communities.  Do you have resources/tools you can share or a model that can be replicated in New England? Are you interested in exploring opportunities for problem solving and collaboration?

Sessions that are designed to create an active and engaged audience have been well received in the past.  We highly encourage you to include the ways that you will engage the audience as well as any takeaways/tools/models that you will share with attendees.  Breakout sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long.

Topics To Consider:

  • Public health
  • Innovative ideas
  • Behavioral health
  • Rural Health Clinics - financial performance and clinical quality
  • Community approaches to Substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery
  • Workforce recruitment, development and retention
  • Hospitals, health systems, FQHC’s and RHC’s
  • Role of Philanthropy and Healthcare
  • Vaccinations
  • Value-based purchasing, ACO’s and rural communities
  • Community resilience
  • Oral health
  • Community development
  • Chronic disease prevention and management
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • EMS
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Patient and Family Engagement
  • Community Engagement
  • Geriatrics
  • Community health workers
  • Prevention works, treatment works and advocacy works
  • Veterans
  • Rural Healthcare Education
  • Telehealth and Rural Technology Strategies
  • Role of philanthropy in healthcare and innovative funding strategies
  • Age-Friendly Communities
  • Multidisciplinary Healthcare
  • Mental Health First Aid and/or QPR Training
  • Small Rural Hospitals (how can communities help them survive, community responses to closures)
  • Our Environment and Its Impact On our Health
  • Grant Writing and Rural Opportunities
  • Impact of Poverty on Health

Please note that you will need to complete your entire submission in one sitting (you will not be able to edit your proposal once you hit submit).  The following items will be required: session title, short and long description of presentations, objective (they do not need to be traditional learning objectives), speaker(s) name(s), emails, addresses, phone numbers, role/title, and organization.  You will also be asked to upload a speaker bio and respond to a brief question: can you tell us one reason that you love working in rural health or why you choose to do it?

If you need to modify your submission (after it has been submitted), please contact our administrative support team at [email protected]

Proposals are due April 30, 2019.

The proposals will be reviewed by a panel of rural healthcare leaders, and their decisions regarding selections will be shared in late May 2019.

The conference registration fee will be waived for speakers for the day that they are scheduled to present.  

If your proposal is accepted, the information provided in your proposal may be used in conference promotional materials including but not limited to: emails, social media posts, our website and/or mailings.  Information will also be included in the conference program and app.

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