Master of Ceremonies
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
This year’s forum features Deputy Secretaries of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Department of Agriculture along with Minnesota legislative leaders interacting with the audience on HHS policies, as they pertain to rural health care. Ample time will be reserved for audience questions, comments, information, and interaction with the panelists.
The conference values wellness and relaxation. Thank you to our sponsor, Marsh & McLennan Agency, professional massage therapists will offer chair massages and a certified acupuncturist will provide mini-sessions during lunches and break times.
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, Regions Hospital, and The College of St. Scholastica 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 firstname.lastname@example.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 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. The water bottles provided are prewashed and ready to use throughout the conference, thus reducing paper and plastic waste. 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.
Board of Pharmacy: This conference has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 10 Credits by the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy.
Nursing: This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Nursing continuing education requirements for 10 contact hours. However, the nurse is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.
ACHE: The National Rural Health Resource Center is authorized to award 10 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement or recertification in the American College of Healthcare Executives. Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting an application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.
AAFP: This Live activity, Minnesota Rural Health Conference: Community the Heart of Health, with a beginning date of 06/17/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 10 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Nursing Home Administrators: This conference has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 10 Credits by the Minnesota Board of Examiners for Nursing Home Administrators.
Social Workers: This activity has been designed to meet the Minnesota Board of Social Work continuing education requirements for 10 credit hours. However, the social worker is responsible for determining whether this activity meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education.
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.