MRHA Annual Conference

Nov. 7-8
The Missouri Rural Health Association, Missouri Primary Care Association and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (Office of Rural Health and Primary Care), as collaborating partners, invite you to join us for our joint 2023 Conference. Share your expertise and support our mission to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians.
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Conference Information

Please join The Missouri Rural Health Association, Missouri Primary Care Association and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (Office of Rural Health and Primary Care), as collaborating partners on November 7-8, 2023 at The Lodge at Old Kinderhook, Camdenton, Missouri. Our expected audiences consist of hospitals, clinicians, physicians, FQHC’s, health departments, in-home & community front line workers, community & social agencies, policy makers, CEO’s, CFO’s, transportation & ambulance professionals, insurance & investment brokers, health law attorneys, among other professionals in attendance


Hotel Reservation Information

The conference will be held at the Lodge at Old Kinderhook in Camdenton, Missouri.
678 Old Kinderhook Drive, Camdenton, MO, 65020

Reservations are to be made on an individual basis directly with the Hotel Reservations Department by calling toll free, 888.346.4949 or direct 573.317.4314.

Make your reservations early to insure getting the group discount rate and availability.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

Conference Agenda


9:00 – 11:00am Exhibitor check-in and set-up
11:00am – 1:00pm Exhibit Hall open
11:00am Registration opens
1:00pm Welcome and General Session
Heidi Lucas, Missouri Rural Health Association
2:00 – 2:30pm Exhibit Hall open
2:30pm Breakout Sessions 1

  • Small Town Social Media
    Gus Wagner, The Rocket Group
  • Overcoming Gun Violence in Rural Missouri
    Carl Harbison, Lester Gillespie and Brian, Washington
  • The Power of Partnership: Addressing Social Determinants of Health Through Missouri’s Community Action Network
    Megan Bania, Missouri Community Action Network

3:45pm Keynote Address
Tim Swinfard, Compass Health Network
4:30 – 6:30pm Exhibit Hall open
5:00 Reception 
Dinner on your own  


8:00 – 9:00am Breakfast Buffet
8:30 – 9:00am Exhibit Hall Open
9:00am General Session

Health in Rural Missouri Biennial Report Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Bureau of Health Care Analysis and Data Dissemination
Chelsea Fife and LeighAnna Bennett
10:00 – 10:30am: Exhibit Hall Open
10:30am Breakout Sessions 2

  • Revolutionizing Rural Mental Wellness: Bridging the Gap Between Policy and Reality
    Jason Haglund & Renee Schulte, Rural Policy Partners
  • Best Practices for Hypertension Control: Updates from the American Heart Association
    Tim Nikolai, American Heart Association
  • EBSA: Who We Are & What We Do and a Discussion about Mental Health Parity
    Mary Lynn Almond, U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration

11:30am – 1:00pm: Exhibit Hall Open
11:45am – 12:45pm Lunch 

*Exhibit hall closes at 1pm

1:00pm Breakout Sessions 3 

  • Rural Health Research Center: Hearing the Voices of Rural Missourians introduction to Practice Based Innovation Network (MO-PIN)
    Jane A McElroy, PhD and Kevin D Everett, PhD, University of Missouri Family and Community Medicine
  • Free EC: Community-Driven Access to Reproductive Health Care
    Martha Stevens, Phyllis Wilkerson, Leslie Pritchard, Missouri Family Health Council
  • Challenges and Opportunities to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening in Rural Missouri
    Dr. Sarah Chavez, Alicia Vaca & Nuha Wareg, Missouri Partnership to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening (MPICCS)

2:00pm Afternoon Snack
2:00pm Breakout Sessions 4

  • Leveraging the power of primary care to stem the tide of overdose and increase engagement in treatment for people with opioid use disorders in rural Missouri.
    Phillip Marotta PhD, Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School
  • Uniting Rural Communities to Address the Social Determinants of Health: How Unite Us Can Help Rural Hospitals
    Mike Mitchell, Unite Us
  • Priority Access Health Program: Linking Physicians & Providers to Employers directly to customize healthcare for each Group and maximize positive health outcomes by saving money and providing direct care coordination for each member.
    Tania Sharp The Health Cooperative of Missouri

3:30pm Wrap Up and Door Prizes 
Heidi Lucas, Missouri Rural Health Association
4:00pm Conference Ends

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