Monday, June 17, 2024

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.Registration and Breakfast
7:30 - 10:00 a.m.Exhibit Hall Set Up
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.Networking Tables
9:15 - 9:30 a.m.Welcome
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Address: Leading in Times of Change: How Leaders Can Balance Humility with Ambition

  • Dr. Amer Kaissi, Professor and Executive Coach, Trinity University
10:30 - 11:00 a.m.Break in Exhibit Hall
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Breakout Session #1 (Session Tracks: Leadership and Workforce Development, Access to Care, Behavioral and Mental Health, and Process Improvement)

  • 1A: Taking Care of Our Own: An In-house Childcare Center as a Tool for Recruitment and Retention
    • Brian Lovdahl, CCM Health
    • Kelly Johnson, CCM Health
  • 1B: Addressing Their Unique Needs: How a Rural Health Care Plan is Narrowing Behavioral Health Gaps in Eight Minnesota Counties
    • Ruth Boubin, South Country Health Alliance
    • Madison Babcock, South Country Health Alliance
    • Becky Ziller, South Country Health Alliance
  • 1C: Food-as-Medicine in Rural Minnesota: Reducing Food Insecurity and Improving Health Outcomes Through Produce Prescription Programs
    • Rachel Johnson, Riverwood Healthcare Center
    • Cherylee Sherry, Minnesota Department of Health
  • 1D: Improving Whole-Person Care Through Oral Initiatives in Greater Minnesota
    • Dr. Lyubov Slashcheva, Apple Tree Dental
    • Nicole Ferrian, Apple Tree Dental
  • 1E: The 5 Pillars of Telehealth: Access and Equity for Rural Communities
    • Zomi Bloom, Wilderness Health
    • Dr. Laura Colicchia, Allina Health and Minnesota Perinatal Physicians 
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Plenary Panel: Minnesota’s Healthcare Workforce: An Overview and Recent Trends

  • Wade McKittrick, Montevideo Public Schools
  • Keri Bergeson, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Teri Fritsma, Minnesota Department of Health 
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

Breakout Session #2 (Session Tracks: Leadership and Workforce Development, Access to Care, Behavioral and Mental Health, and Process Improvement)

  • 2A: Creating Pathways to Rural Practice: The Impact and Outcomes of the University of Minnesota’s Rural Physician Associate Program
    • Dr. Kirby Clark, University of Minnesota
    • Dr. Anthony Lussenhop, Alomere Health
    • Dr. Barret Wolfson, Scenic Rivers Health System
  • 2B: Increasing Access to Mental Health Crisis Support Information in Minnesota's Rural Communities: A Unique Partnership Between the Network of the National Library of Medicine's Minnesota State Advisory Group and the National Alliance on Mental Health Minnesota
    • Lisa Sanders, Essentia Health
    • Katherine Chew, University of Minnesota
    • Erica Lake, Network of the National Library of Medicine (Region 6), University of Iowa
  • 2C: Enhancing Tobacco Treatment in Rural Settings: A Cost-Effective Approach to Reducing Chronic Health Disparities
    • Vikki Ebenhoh, South Central Human Relations Center
    • Heidi Winter, Woodland Centers
    • Dr. Jennifer Timm, Bridges Health, Winona State University
  • 2D: How Health Care Homes Level Progression Advances Health Equity and Population Health in Rural Primary Care
    • Jen Strickland, Minnesota Department of Health
    • Tiffany Schouten, Red Lake Service Unit
  • 2E: Advancing Health Equity in Rural Minnesota: Lessons from a Statewide Critical Access Hospital Learning Collaborative
    • Carrie Howard, Stratis Health
    • Jennifer Jerde, Ridgeview
    • Regan Dose, Ridgeview
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.

Break in Exhibit Hall

3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Minnesota Rural Health Association Policy Forum

5:15 - 6:15 p.m.Networking Reception

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.Registration, Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
7:00 - 8:00 a.m.Minnesota Rural Health Association Annual Board Meeting
8:00 - 8:15 a.m.Welcome
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.

Keynote Address: Rural Health Equity: Building It Together

  • Dr. Robsan Tura, Assistant Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Health
9:15 - 9:45 a.m.Minnesota Rural Health Awards
9:45 - 10:15 a.m.Networking Break in Exhibit Hall
10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session #3 (Session Tracks: Leadership and Workforce Development, Access to Care, Behavioral and Mental Health, and Process Improvement)

  • 3A: Registered Nurses Reimagined: Integrating RN-Led Visits for Chronic Disease Management in Rural Primary Care Settings to Improve Access, Enhance Outcomes and Retain Nurse Talent
    • Stacey Heiling, CentraCare
    • Gini Pilles, CentraCare
    • Renee Doetkott, CentraCare
  • 3B: Community Insights and Knowledge Informing Solutions: Well Being Development, the Community Care Team and Breaking Cycles of Addiction in Ely
    • Riana Hegman, Ely Community Care Team
    • Emmy Ferguson, Well Being Development
    • Kap Wilkes, Well Being Development
  • 3C: Using Rural Promotores and Home Visits to Support New Latina Immigrants in Central Minnesota
    • Brooklyn Levin, Todd County Health and Human Services
    • Abigail Skiba, Todd County Health & Human Services
  • 3D: Quality Strategies for Becoming a High Reliability Organization
    • John Sellner, Minnesota Hospital Association
    • Alyssa Carlson, Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota
  • 3E: Strengthening, Diversifying and Sustaining Minnesota's Rural Health Workforce Through the Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Program
    • Rachel Stoll, Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance
    • Vonyee Howard, Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Plenary Panel: Meeting Behavioral Health Workforce Challenges in Rural Minnesota

  • Hannah MacDougall, University of Minnesota School of Social Work
  • Jonathan Neufeld, Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center
  • Barbara Peterson, University of Minnesota Nursing School
12:30 - 12:45 p.m.Closing and Prize Drawing