Slideshow - 44th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference & Pre-conference Workshop

Lunch line

Lunch line

San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff

The beautiful San Francisco Peaks.

Gail Emrick

Gail Emrick, Executive Director, Southeast Arizona AHEC

Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center Interns

NAU Journalism Intern, Joey Postiglione, interviewing SEAHEC summer Interns for a story in the Arizona Daily Sun. Left-to-right: Nina Williams (Mt. Sinai Medical School), Cassandra Shah, Ashleigh Sharp (Columbia University) and Emeka Iloegbu (Mt. Sinai Medical School).

Elizabeth Arrendondo, Director, Western Arizona AHEC speaking while SEAHEC summer interns look on.

Carol Galper

Carol Galper (right), former director of the Rural Health Professions Program enjoying a funny moment.

During the breaks, attendees visited with vendors and enjoyed refreshments.

Robert Fleet and Kevin Driesen

Tammy Gehris receiving this year's Distinguished Martha Ortiz Volunteer Award. Left-to-right: Robert Fleet, Hope Thomas (TMC Director of Community Programs), Tammy Gehris, Kevin Driesen.

Conference attendees.

The conference provided many opportunities for networking and discussion.

Paul Moore, PhD

Paul Moore, DPh, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, delivering the Andrew W. Nichols Rural and Border Health Policy Lecture    

Haley Coles, Executive Director, Sonoran Prevention Works, presenting in one of the break-out sessions on Pathways to Long-Term Recovery: Overdose Prevention and Syringe Access.

One of the Lightning Rounds Poster session included, "Utilizing Adolescent Peer Educators to Promote Sun Safety in Southern Arizona."

Rural Health Conference general session

Discussion and questions during one of the general sessions.

High Country Conference Center

The beautiful High Country Conference Center hosted the conference again this year.

Dan Derksen and Sean Clendaniel

Dan Derksen and Sean Clendaniel

Students

Students talking about their experiences doing summer research in Arizona.

Conference participants came from all over Arizona.

Leonard Kirschner

Leonard Kirschner, Past President, AARP Arizona, treated attendees to an entertaining presentation entitled, "Presidents & Health Care from TR to DT."

AzCRH Director, Dan Derksen, facilitating questions and answers after a session.

Martha Monroy, Lecturer and REACH Program Director, Health Promotion Sciences, MEZCOPH, and Anna Williams, Outreach Manager, Desert Senita Community Health Center, present their poster on Bike Ajo: A Community Health Worker Led Rural Bicycling Hub.

Carlos Gonzales, MD

Carlos Gonzales, MD, Assistant Dean Curricular Affairs, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson.

Pre-conference session

Pre-conference session on "Understanding & Leveraging the Economic Impact of Rural Health Care” (A Rural Health Works Regional Workshop).

Amanda Aguirre and Jack Beverage

Alan Stephens, retired AZ state director of the USDA, receiving the AzRHA Award for Exceptional Rural Health Professional. Left-to-right: Acting State USDA Director Ernie Wetherbee, Dianna Jennings, Amanda Aguirre, Alan Stephens and Jack Beveridge.

Kristin Boilini

Kristin Boilini, Director, Dental Care for Arizona speaking on Dental Therapy, Improving Access to Quality Dental Care in Rural Arizona.

Over 180 people attended the conference this year.

Gerald Doeksen and Cheryl St. Clair

Gerald Doeksen and Cheryl St. Clair were key presenters in the pre-conference workshop.

Joyce Hospodar

Joyce Hospodar, Program Advisor, Arizona Center for Rural Health, presented Performance Improvement Tool for Rural Primary Care Practices.

Alex Sachs

Alex Sachs, Program Manager, PLAYWORKS, presenting the Somerton Community Partnerships Against Bullying project.

Jim Dickson

Jim Dickson (middle) receiving the AzRHA Award for Inspiring Rural Health Program for Copper Queen Community Hospital from Robert Fleet (left) and Dan Derksen (right).

Amy Snell, Quality Director at Banner Page Hospital receiving the 2017 AzFlex Shining Star Award from Jill Bullock, AzCRH Associate Director and Flex Coordinator (right).

Vendors and participants crowded the hallway.

Vendors and participants crowded the hallway.

Marcus Johnson, Director, State Health Policy and Advocacy, Vitalyst Health Foundation, co-presented with Dan Derksen on Health Coverage for Rural Arizona.

Chopper

Chopper, a hard working therapy dog owned by Ali Gabriel, Graduate Student, University of Arizona, enjoyed the conference as well.

Bryna Koch

Bryna Koch, Special Projects Coordinator, Arizona Center for Rural Health

Robert Fleet and Claudia Gonzales

Robert Fleet, Past President of the Arizona Rural Health Association, presents an award to Claudia Gonzales during the Awards Luncheon.

Allison Clough, MD

Allison Clough, MD, IHS Emergency Department Medical Director, talks about Developing a Model to Improve Rural Emergency Services.

Tom Betlach, Director, AHCCCS

Tom Betlach, Director, AHCCCS, giving an update on Arizona's Medicaid program.

San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff

San Francisco Peaks

 Jack Beverage, Gordon Jensen and Patricia Tarango

Long-time conference participants reconnecting. Left-to-right: Jack Beverage, Gordon Jensen and Patricia Tarango.

Bryna Koch

Bryna Koch, Special Projects Coordinator, Arizona Center for Rural Health, presenting on Marketplace changes for 2017.

Allen Gjersvig

Allen Gjersvig, Director Navigator and Enrollment Services, Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers.

The pre-conference workshop in session.

The pre-conference workshop in session.

Melissa Kotrys, Chief Executive Officer, Health Current

Melissa Kotrys, Chief Executive Officer, Health Current.

Conference attendees with vendors.

The twenty conference exhibitors provided information and learning opportunities.

Rural Health Conference general session

Participants gathered for the 44th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference in Flagstaff.

James Lincoln

James Lincoln, Loan Fund Director for the Arizona Community Foundation.

Carol Lewis

Carol Lewis, Health Education Section Manager, Yavapai County Community Health Services presented a poster on the Yavapai Healthy Schools Project.

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