This year's Fall Conference promises to be the premiere interdisciplinary rural health conference in the region and will be held at Killington Resort in Killington, Vermont. The conference is a great opportunity to reconnect and network, showcase your work and bring exposure to your initiatives! We will also be giving attendees the opportunity to tune into the conference virtually. Each presentation room will be equipped with streaming capabilities that NERHA’s team will operate.


Session Proposals:

Presentations that incorporate the theme of "Thriving Rural Communities: Navigating an Ever-Changing Landscape" will be given priority. Proposals should address opportunities, challenges, and other important aspects of serving members of our rural New England communities.

In addition, proposals are encouraged to incorporate model practices, strategies, and solutions around health equity and addressing racial disparities, innovation, and community engagement.

Our hope for this year is to combine proposals with strong connections into panel sessions, where each session features two to three related presentations, each about fifteen minutes long, with time allotted at the end for discussion and questions. In addition to these panel sessions, we will also offer hour-long single sessions for some presentations.

We are excited to embrace this new style of breakout session as a way to streamline the conference agenda, increase connection and learning, and create valuable dialogue between our attendees and speakers!

The Conference Committee will review all abstract submissions and be in contact with chosen presenters about which presentation block we would like to invite them to. A separate registration form will be given to those selected to present.

Please note: If you are chosen to join a panel presentation, it is because we see connections between your work and that of other presenters, and are excited about the value that incorporating you into a discussion can bring to our attendees. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our administrative support team at [email protected].


Topics to consider include:  

  • Behavioral Health & Mental Health 

    • Community approaches to substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery 

    • Social Isolation 

    • Mental Health First Aid and/or QPR Training 

  • Workforce

    • Recruitment, Development, and Retention 

    • Workplace Burnout, Resiliency, and Engagement 

    • Education & Training Students for Future Rural Leadership 

  • Maternal and Child Health

  • Oral Health

  • Telehealth and Rural Technology Strategies 

  • Social Determinants of Health

  • Public Health Emergency and/or Disaster Preparedness Response 

    • Creative Solutions in Moving Through the Coronavirus Crisis 

  • Rural Funding Opportunities: Government and Philanthropy 

  • Model Practices and Opportunities in Rural Health Clinics 

  • Successful initiatives for Tribal & Native Communities, the Aging Population, and/or Veterans 


Poster Proposals:

We are also pleased to announce a call for proposals for the 2022 New England Rural Health Association Conference Poster Session. This year, we will have a new designated time slot for selected posters to be presented to our attendees in a full poster session!

Are you connected to a program or research project related to our conference theme or rural areas of focus that you would like to share with conference attendees?

We are looking for posters related to topics impacting rural health; please feel free to submit any unique and innovative ideas or projects that the audience would find valuable. We encourage academic posters about original research and also welcome less formal posters about special programs or projects.

We will have materials to hang your poster on display boards and ask that your poster be no more than 46 inches wide x 64 inches high.


Session & Poster Submission Information:

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: (i.) session title, (ii.) short and long description of presentations, (iii.) objectives, (iv.) general information regarding the speaker(s) including: name(s), emails, addresses, phone numbers, role/title, and affiliated organization.

Please indicate on the submission form if you have a preference for being selected as a poster or session presenter.

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

Deadline: Session Proposals are due June 30th, 2022. Poster Proposals are open and will be reviewed in early October and then on an ongoing basis as they are received. 

The Session Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of rural healthcare leaders, and their decisions regarding selections will be shared in late July to early August 2022.

The conference registration fee will be discounted for up to two registered speakers per presentation, for the day that they are scheduled to present. This does not apply to poster presentations. A separate registration form will be given to those selected 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, website, and/or mailings.  Information will also be included in the conference program and app.


Important Additional Poster Information:

We will ask that posters be sent to the event location prior to the conference. If you are unable to send your poster in advance of the conference we will ask you to take responsibility for hanging your poster, with mounting materials that will be provided to you. Poster authors will be responsible for removing their poster at the end of the conference.

A minimum of one author of each poster will be required to register for the full conference. Note: Students who cannot attend may send their poster with a faculty member who is attending the conference.

You will also be asked to send in a final PDF file that will be shared on our website to our virtual attendees.

Click here to submit your proposal.




Be sure to check out here for Sponsor Opportunities!

Thank you to our current sponsors for supporting rural health! 


Sanofi, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care a Point32Health Company, The Medicus Firm, Janssen Neuroscience, Sano Health, New England Public Health Training Center, ArchProCoding, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Gilead Sciences, Rural Medical Education Collaborative, University of New Hampshire Advanced Nursing Education Workforce,  Wound Solutions,  Henry Schein | Dentrix Enterprise,  Millennium Health,  Access Telecare,  Maine State Office of Rural Health