Indiana Rural Health Association Conference

Summer is officially here and so is the 19th Annual Indiana Rural Health Association’s conference! The conference was held on June 21st and 22nd at the gorgeous French Lick Springs Resort. This year’s theme was “Rural Health: Align, Connect, Engage.”

The IRHA’s Annual Conference brings together physicians, nurses, pharmacists, public health professionals and other rural health practitioners from all over the state. National experts and skilled practitioners from the field discuss current topics, as well as share the experiences of others in public health and rural health care delivery. The conference’s schedule was packed with speakers, networking and social events and even a 5K Fitness Walk/Run! This year, telehealth was a hot topic during the learning sessions, with the speakers addressing the steps that need to be taken to build a Telehealth program. A featured speaker was Ed Bell, a farmer from Hagerstown, IN. Bell is a gifted communicator, a powerful motivator, a born leader, and a true overcomer. He has had personal experience dealing with disability and hardships. He is a survivor of a violent criminal attack and sustained a gunshot wound which left him permanently paralyzed. His keynote speech was on “The Patient Experience: Disabled Farmers Farm— Overcoming Adversity.”

IRHA has also developed an app you can download to help you navigate through the conference and connect with other attendees. We highly recommend downloading the app if you plan to attend next year! The beautiful location, the innovation of the topics being discussed and the many fascinating keynote speakers creates a wonderful learning environment, you won’t want to miss the 2017 conference!

Here’s a link to all of the resources that were presented at the IRHA’s Conference, make sure to check it out! http://www.indianaruralhealth.org/resources/general/2016-annual-conference/?back=Resources

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