July 10, 2018

IRHA to host 29th annual professional conference in August

The Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) will host its 29th Annual Educational Conference August 8th-9th at the Hilton Garden Inn Champaign. The IRHA is a collaborative association comprised of over 700 members including hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, public health departments, practitioners, consumers and public officials, whose mission is to strengthen health systems for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking and leadership.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Breaking Down Barriers to Success”. The conference is an opportunity for rural healthcare administrators and clinicians to advance their professional skills, while networking and learning best practices from their counterparts throughout the state.

General sessions will include a federal rural health update presented by the National Rural Health Association, as well as a panel discussion on Health Choice, Illinois Medicaid managed care program. Attendees will have over 20 concurrent workshops to choose from over the two-day conference, which are all geared towards rural practice including Emergency Preparedness Plan Compliance, NFPA Active Shooter Standards, Addressing the Opioid Crisis through Telehealth, Improving Care for the Aging Population, Overcoming Rural Recruitment Challenges and Regional Approaches to Population Health. There will also be a specific workshop track for Rural Health Clinics administrators.

There will also be evening networking socials on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 8th and on August 9th the Annual Rural Health Awards Luncheon will take place, honoring those which have made great strides to improve access to rural health care.

Online registration and full conference brochure can be found at www.ilruralhealth.org or for additional information contact Margaret Vaughn at (217) 280-0206.