This year's Fall Conference promises to be the premiere interdisciplinary rural health conference in the region and will be held at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine. This conference is a great opportunity to reconnect and network, showcase your work and bring exposure to your initiatives.  

Presentations that incorporate the theme of "Rural Resiliency: Innovation and the Journey Forward" will be given priority. Proposals should address opportunities, challenges, and other important aspects of serving members of our rural New England communities as we move forward into a post-pandemic landscape. Do you have resources/tools you can share or a model that can be replicated in New England? Did you incorporate new technology to stay connected and solve rural challenges? Are you interested in exploring opportunities for problem-solving and collaboration?

Sessions designed to be interactive and engage with the audience have been well received in the past. Please include the ways that you will engage with the audience as well as any takeaways/tools/models that you will share with attendees. 

Breakout sessions are typically 50-60 minutes long. We are planning to give people the opportunity to tune in virtually to breakout sessions and we will take care of the technical aspects for each room.

Topics To Consider:

  • Health Equity

  • Racial Disparities in Health Care

  • Public Health

  • Vaccinations (addressing hesitancy, rural access, roll out and delivery, etc.)

  • Innovative Ideas

  • Community Resilience

  • Telehealth and Rural Technology Strategies

  • Patient and Family Engagement

  • Community Engagement

  • Rural Healthcare Education & Training Students for Future Rural Leadership

  • Tribal & Native Community Initiatives 

  • Behavioral Health

  • Social Isolation

  • Mental Health First Aid and/or QPR Training

  • Veterans

  • 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

  • Multidisciplinary Healthcare & Team-Based Care

  • Small Rural Hospitals (how can communities help them survive, community responses to closures)

  • Oral Health

  • Community development

  • Chronic disease prevention and management

  • Age-Friendly Communities & Programs

  • Social Determinants of Health

  • Community Paramedicine

  • EMS

  • Public Health Emergency & Responding

  • Disaster Preparedness and Response

  • Community health workers

  • Role of philanthropy in healthcare and innovative funding strategies

  • Value-based purchasing, ACO’s and rural communities

  • Grant Writing and Rural Opportunities

  • Impact of Poverty on Health

  • Our Environment and Its Impact On Our 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.

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

Deadline Extended: Proposals are due June 30th, 2021

The proposals will be reviewed by a panel of rural healthcare leaders, and their decisions regarding selections will be shared in late July 2021.

The conference registration fee will be discounted for up to two registered 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, RHA: emails, social media posts, website, and/or mailings.  Information will also be included in the conference program and app.

Click here to log in and submit your breakout session proposal.