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. Visit the App Help Desk near registration for help downloading or accessing the app, thanks to our sponsor, Essentia Institute of Rural Health!

Minnesota Rural Health Awards Presentation

Join us as we honor the winners of the annual Minnesota Rural Health Hero Award, the Minnesota Rural Health Team Award, the MHRA 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 during the 2018 Minnesota Rural Health Conference Awards Breakfast on June 26 in Duluth.


Available throughout the conference center for free, thanks to our sponsor, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota! Please connect only one device to keep the WiFi running at its optimal speed. Use the open network called MNRHC2018.


Participants who visit the Exhibit Hall and complete an exhibitor passport are eligible for exciting prizes. At the close of the conference, prizes will be given out to the conference app photo scavenger hunt winners.

  • Monday: 1:55 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall
  • Tuesday: 10:50 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall
  • Tuesday: 2:55 p.m. in the Lake Superior Ballroom


A limited number of conference registration scholarships are available to participants or speakers who encounter challenges in paying the registration fee. Please email ruralhealthconference@ruralcenter.org 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 May 1, 2018.


In an effort to create a socially, economically, and environmentally conscious event, we offer electronic presentations on our website and within our app. All water bottles provided are prewashed and ready to use throughout the conference, thus reducing paper and plastic waste. We are proud to work with the DECC, a leader in sustainability, who is committed to recycling and composting, purchasing locally and sending food surplusses 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.