2018 Conference

June 25-26, 2018
Duluth Entertainment Convention Center
Duluth, MN

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2018 Conference Objectives

During this conference participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore approaches and models that improve and sustain rural health and address health equity
  • Highlight best practices for quality improvement and financial sustainability
  • Discover innovative community-based solutions for behavioral health access
  • Network to gain knowledge of current and upcoming workforce shortages and initiatives

Target Audience

  • Rural hospitals, long-term care, behavioral health, rural health clinics and community health center administrators, leaders, staff and volunteers
  • Rural health professionals, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, behavioral health providers, allied health professionals and educators
  • Rural Health Advisory Committee members
  • Rural Hospital Flexibility Committee members
  • Rural network directors
  • Elected and appointed officials, including county commissioners and state legislators
  • Federal, state and local government and tribal health, public health and human service staff
  • Policy analysts and researchers interested in rural health issues
  • Health plan, accountable care organization representatives
  • Community leaders and activists
  • Rural health care consumers
  • Health professions students
  • Economic development organizations
  • Extension services
  • Schools and educators
  • Other community partners in rural health
  • Community members

Registration Fees

Participant registration will open on April 2, 2018.

Registration TypeEarly (ends May 4)Regular (ends June 15)Onsite
Full Conference$210$230$255
One Day$130$140$165
Travel Discount$155$170$195

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs and CMEs)

The conference committee applies for CEU and CME credits for health care executives, nurses, nursing home administrators, pharmacists, physicians and socials workers each year.

Reasonable Accommodations are Available


(Accessibility, Dietary Needs or Sign Language) Contact ruralhealthconference@ruralcenter.org or call 218-216-7041.

Archived Presentations

2017 Presentations
2016 Presentations
2015 Presentations
2014 Presentations
2013 Presentations
2012 Presentations

2017 Conference Materials

Conference Program (PDF - 16 pages)
Conference Participants by Last Name (PDF -20 pages)
Conference Participants by Organization (PDF - 20 pages)