Master of Ceremonies

Sally Trnka

Sally Trnka is the Executive Director of the Breakwater Health Network. Sally is an experienced, nationally-recognized network expert and she leads all strategic, financial, operational and implementation aspects of Breakwater Health Network, a health center controlled network.  She has worked with hundreds of health networks around the country, including over 40 rural HIT networks funded by the Federal Office or Rural Health Policy (FORHP) in a variety of technical assistance and strategic capacities.  Prior to her role at the NMN, Sally was the Director of Network Development for the Western Healthcare Alliance and the California Critical Access Hospital Network, and the Executive Director of N2N strategies, a network representing over 100 rural health care facilities.  Prior to that, Sally worked for the National Rural Health Resource Center for five years where her work efforts focused on rural health network research, technical assistance, strategic planning, and network development.  Sally has provided guidance and expertise to rural health networks around the country.  She is also a member of the Duluth School Board.  In her spare time, Sally enjoys running, trying new culinary recipes, and taking her dog, Stella, to the lake to swim.  Having planned this conference for years, Sally is excited to be supporting this world-class event!

MRHA Policy Forum

Join in a panel discussion with legislators as they discuss rural health policy; past, present, and future.

Wellness Activities

The conference values wellness and relaxation. Pending a sponsor, professional massage therapists will offer chair massages and a certified acupuncturist will provide mini-sessions during lunches and break times.

Conference App

The Minnesota Rural Health conference offers a mobile app for conference participants to utilize. This user-friendly app contains many features that enhance the overall conference experience and is a one-stop shop for all things conference related. Thank you to our app banner sponsors, DBT Systems and Regions Hospital and app photo scavenger hunt sponsors, MN Rural Health Cooperative, St. Luke’s, Credit Collections Bureau, and UCare!

Visit the App Help Desk near registration for help downloading or accessing the app, thank you to our sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield MN & Blue Plus!

Minnesota Rural Health Awards Presentation

Nominations for the Minnesota Rural Health Awards are open until April 5. More details >

Join us as we honor the winners of the annual Minnesota Rural Health Hero Award, the Minnesota Rural Health Team Award, the Minnesota Rural Health Association Emerging Rural Health Leader Award, and the Rural Health Lifetime Achievement Award. All the awards recognize outstanding contributions to rural health in our state. They will be presented after the Tuesday morning Keynote.


WiFi is available throughout the conference center for free. Thank you to our sponsor, Life Link III. Please connect only one device to keep the WiFi running at its optimal speed. Use the open network called MNRHC2019.


A special prize drawing will take place at the close of Monday’s Networking Reception. Participants who visit the exhibit hall and complete an exhibitor passport are eligible for exciting prizes drawn on Tuesday. At the close of the conference on Tuesday, prizes will be given out to the conference app photo scavenger hunt winners.

  • Monday: 6:30 p.m. in the Lake Superior Ballroom JK
  • Tuesday: 1:15 p.m. in the Lake Superior Ballroom JK
  • Tuesday: 2:15 p.m. in the Lake Superior Ballroom JK


A limited number of conference registration scholarships are available to participants or speakers who encounter challenges in paying the registration fee. Thank you to our sponsor, Breakwater Health Network for assisting with these fees. Please email with your organization name and a brief paragraph on how participation at the Minnesota Rural Health Conference will benefit rural health, your organization, and/or yourself. The deadline to submit is April 26, 2019.


In an effort to create a socially, economically, and environmentally conscious event, we offer electronic presentations on our website and within our app. Pending a sponsor, the water bottles provided are prewashed and ready to use throughout the conference, thus reducing paper and plastic waste. Pending a sponsor, the conference tote bags are from Enviro-Tote and are made from unbleached organic cotton. We are proud to work with the DECC, a leader in sustainability, who is committed to recycling and composting, purchasing locally, and sending food surpluses to the local food bank.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs and CMEs)

Certificates for ACHE, nurses, nursing home administrators, physicians, and social work will be emailed following the completion of a conference evaluation.

Nursing Mother's Room

Nursing mothers may use the Board Room for pumping milk. Just use the "in use" sign and lock the door, Feel free to use the mini fridge in the room to store your milk. 


Reasonable accommodations are available (accessibility, dietary needs or sign language). Contact us at the National Rural Health Resource Center, (218) 216-7041.