New this year | Interactive and engaging workshops on data, collaboration, and workforce.

Each workshop will provide a two-hour training opportunity. See dates and times below.

Workshop participation is included with your conference registration, there is no additional charge. Space is limited at 40 per workshop and will be assigned by lottery. You will be given an opportunity to enter the lottery when you register to attend the conference (registration opens on April 1). A confirmation email will be sent out on June 10 if you have been selected.

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This workshop is organized to be collective, interactive, experiential, educational as well as inspirational. The goal is to provide resources and tools to inspire community partnerships that address a specific population health need. Portions of this workshop have been developed and used with 13 different Minnesota Critical Access Hospitals to coordinate behavioral health services organizationally and operationally through the Integrated Behavioral Health Project. This workshop will help participants: identify a specific population health need within their community and key community partners; form communication strategies; and review best practices for encouraging community partner buy-in.

Part two of this workshop will build on the first session. Participants will use tools to create a plan for collaboration based on their individual potential projects. The process of getting buy-in from community partners will be discussed.

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Tracy Morton, MPH

Director of Population Health
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

Tracy joined the National Rural Health Resource Center in 2009 and directs the development and implementation of population and community health services for hospitals, networks, and states in alignment with The Center’s vision to sustain and improve health care in rural communities. She serves as a subject matter expert to clients on population health, strategic planning, community health needs assessments and strategies for transitioning to value-based health care.

She is responsible for the management of the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), including strategic planning and work plan development and implementation. In addition to providing technical support, education and information to 45 state Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program grantees, she is responsible for regional and national meetings, conference calls and webinars, and managing consultant projects for Flex Programs and critical access hospitals.

Tracy has worked in public health at the state, local and tribal levels. She received her Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Public Health from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire.

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Rhonda L. Barcus, MS

Program Manager
National Rural Health Resource Center

Rhonda joined The National Rural Health Resource Center in 2012 and brings experience of over twenty-five years in hospital settings. She currently works as a Project Specialist with the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project.

Originally, Rhonda worked as the Project Associate for the Rural Hospital Performance Improvement (RHPI) project, since June of 2010, and developed the Recommendation Adoption Progress (RAP) reporting process, which focuses primarily on gathering and analyzing project outcome data. Rhonda is also an independent contractor with Northside Hospital in Atlanta, where she works with leadership teams to improve their effectiveness - related to organization-wide goals. She has worked with organizational development and coordinated projects concerning Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS), employee recruitment and retention, and staff and leadership development. She was previously in private practice and has experience with group, individual and couples therapy.

Rhonda holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wesleyan College in Macon, GA and a Master Degree in Psychology from Georgia College. She is currently licensed in Georgia as a professional counselor.

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Shannon Studden, MS, PHR

Program Specialist II
National Rural Health Resource Center

Shannon joined the National Rural Health Resource Center in February 2018. She provides education, coaching, and technical assistance designed to help rural health network leaders achieve their goals.

With extensive experience designing and delivering educational programs and facilitating team events, Shannon brings expertise in the fields of leadership development, group processes, continuous improvement and conflict management.

Shannon has supported leaders and work groups in a variety of industries, including mining, public utilities, and healthcare. She has also taught classes in Management, Organizational Behavioral, Interpersonal Relations and Teamwork at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She received her Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse.