CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Illinois Rural Health Association will host its 30th annual Educational Conference Aug. 7-8 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. The theme of this year’s conference is “30 Years of Improving Rural Health.”

The conference is an opportunity for rural healthcare administrators and clinicians to advance their professional skills, while networking and learning best practices from their counterparts throughout the state. Online registration and full conference brochure can be found at www.ilruralhealth.org.

IRHA is proud to have Pete Govorchin, the CEO of the Illinois affiliate of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, as its special guest to kick off the opening session. Attendees will have more than 20 concurrent workshops and panel discussions to choose from over the two-day conference, all geared towards rural practice, including: Advances in Telehealth, Combating the Opioid Crisis, Dementia Care, Reducing Readmissions, Successful Care Coordination, the Value of Community Health Workers, and much more.

There also will be a specific workshop track for Rural Health Clinics administrators. General Sessions topics include: “Rural Hospital Renaissance” and “Hot Topics in the Federal Rural Health Arena” and the closing session will be an update from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Evening networking socials will be on Aug. 7. The Rural Health Awards Luncheon on Aug. 8 will honor those who have made great strides to improve access to rural health care.

Conference registration is $195 for IRHA members and $250 for non-members (which includes a 12-month membership). To register, visit www.ilruralhealth.org. For more information, call Margaret Vaughn at 217-280-0206 or email staff@ilruralhealth.org.

ABOUT IRHA

First organized in 1989, the Illinois Rural Health Association is a collaborative association comprised of over 800 members including hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, public health departments, practitioners, consumers and public officials, whose mission is to strengthen health systems for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking and leadership.

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