We are thrilled to announce the 2021 New England Rural Health Conference –  Rural Resiliency: Innovation and the Journey Forward on November 3rd and 4th at the Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine.

This has been a challenging year for all of us but, the fall conference gives us hope and excitement for in-person connection and learning that we have been so greatly missing. So many innovative programs and opportunities have arisen from fighting the pandemic and we want to highlight the rural strength and creativity that has clearly shown through.

Our conference is an opportunity for rural healthcare professionals, hospital administrators, educators, students and community leaders to learn from experts in rural topics, and to network with each other. Designed to involve all sectors that impact the health of people in rural New England, this multidisciplinary event gives attendees the opportunity to delve into specific areas of interest or participate in sessions spanning a variety of topic areas. 

This event is designed to meet the needs of those interested in improving the health and wellbeing of our region's rural communities. Over the past 20+ years, the annual conference has become one of the Association's largest events, attracting over 300 participants. We will be gathering in person this year and also offering the opportunity to join in virtually as well!

We can’t wait to be back at Sunday River with all of you!


Register TODAY!


COVID-19 Safety - Public health is our highest priority, so we ask that you follow the safety measures outlined. 

  • We are providing NERHA masks for everyone, but you may also bring your own! Masks must be worn over the mouth and nose at all times unless actively eating or drinking. (You may remove your mask while presenting as well.) 
  • Attendees and exhibitors have already agreed to the COVID waiver which has been provided during registration and will also be available onsite. 
  • Social distancing will remain in place.
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the conference rooms as well as the provided sanitizer for everyone.



Benjamin Anderson, MBA, MHCDS
Vice President, Rural Health and Hospitals 
Colorado Hospital Association


As Vice President for Rural Health and Hospitals at the Colorado Hospital Association, Benjamin Anderson provides leadership and direction in the development and execution of the association’s rural strategies, advocates on behalf of rural hospitals and health systems and works to develop strategic partnerships with organizations that affect the health of rural Coloradans. 

He has 20 years of experience in health care and non-profit administration, and is a nationally-recognized leader in health equity and transforming rural health care through an innovative approach to attracting physicians to diverse, underserved areas with a generous paid time off package to be used for international volunteer work. 

Benjamin is Co-Principal Investigator of a nationally-released toolkit and playbook called, “Redefining Leadership: A Pathway for Rural Health to Thrive in a COVID-19 World.” Prior to joining CHA, he spent six years serving as the CEO of Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan. Benjamin earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and an MBA from Drury University as well as a Master’s of Health Care Delivery Science from Dartmouth College.



Registration Pricing is as follows: 

Professional Pricing

Full Conference - $275

Wednesday Only - $150

Thursday Only - $150


Student Pricing

Student Full Conference - $125

Student Wednesday Only - $75

Student Thursday Only - $75

Note on Virtual Attendance:

We want to make participating in our events convenient for all. This year our fall conference has added a virtual attendance option! This option helps those who might have to travel long distances or are not yet able/comfortable gathering in-person the ability to join in. 

Virtual Attendees will be able to access our Fall Conference Keynote, Federal Panel, and Breakout Sessions virtually this year through Zoom. Virtual attendance will also give you access to recordings of all sessions so you may watch them at your leisure.

You will receive instructions on joining virtually along with all event materials and zoom links for sessions as we get closer to the event. Should your plans change and you wish to switch to in-person attendance, please let us know as soon as possible at [email protected]


Also, don't forget that if you are an active member of the NERHA you will receive $50 OFF your Full Conference Registration!

Register TODAY!


To reserve lodging, please call the Sunday River Resort at (800) 207-2365 during the hours of 8AM - 5PM EDT or visit their website to book online. Once registered you will also receive a link and our group discount code to book your room!



Federal Panelists


Marcia Brand - DentaQuest Foundation


Christopher Bersani, Psy.D., ABPP - Region 1—HRSA Office of Regional Operations

Lizbeth Silbermann - Regional Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service, United States Department of Agriculture

Diane M. Hall, Ph.D., MSEd - HQ— Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Alexa Ofori - HQ—Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Betsy F. Rosenfeld, JD - HHS— Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Dr. (Bradley) Vince Watts, MD, MPH - Director, Office of Systems Redesign and Improvement (17QM2) Veterans Health Administration


Jennifer Throwe - HHS—Administration for Community Living

Timothy J. Pappalardo, MSW - HHS—Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Taylor Bryan Turner - HHS - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Heather Stevens, RDN - HHS | HRSA Division of Regional Operations | Bureau of Health Workforce

Roger Jacobs - HUD - Sioux Falls Field Office

Susan Pezzullo Rhodes, JD -HHS—Office for Civil Rights




 Be sure to check out here for Sponsor Opportunities!

Thank you to our current sponsors for supporting rural health! 




AbbVie Women's Health, Janssen Neuroscience, Paymerang, University of Massachusetts Medical School Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Northeast Telehealth Resource CenterSanofi Pasteur, Henry Schein One | Dentrix Enterprise, University of Vermont Center on Rural AddictionAngel Flight East, TEVA, UltraGroup Healthcare, Patriot Health Partners, HHS, The National LGBTQIA+ Health Education Center, ArchProCoding, PharmaForce, New England Telehealth Consortium, AbbVie