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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 Barcus, MS, LPC

Program Manager
National Rural Health Resource Center

Rhonda joined The Center in 2012 and manages the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project and population and community health services. She has worked in hospital settings since 1987. Rhonda is experienced in leadership and organizational development and has assisted hospitals to address organization-wide goals related to improving patient experience and staff retention. She is currently an independent contractor to assist leadership teams to develop the skills and strategies needed to drive patient experience.

Rhonda received her Master of Science (MS) in Psychology from Georgia College and State University. She is also a licensed professional counselor and has worked in the field of substance use.

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Shannon Studden, MS, PHR

Senior Program Specialist
National Rural Health Resource Center

Shannon joined The Center in February 2018. In her role, she provides education and coaching for rural health leaders. With extensive experience designing and delivering educational programs and facilitating team events, Shannon brings expertise in the fields of leadership development, evaluation and measurement, change management, and strengthening collaborative partnerships.

Shannon has supported leaders and workgroups in a variety of industries, including mining, public utilities, and health care. She has also taught courses 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.