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).
The beautiful High Country Conference Center hosted the conference again this year.
The pre-conference workshop in session.
The conference provided many opportunities for networking and discussion.
San Francisco Peaks
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.
Joyce Hospodar, Program Advisor, Arizona Center for Rural Health, presented Performance Improvement Tool for Rural Primary Care Practices.
Allison Clough, MD, IHS Emergency Department Medical Director, talks about Developing a Model to Improve Rural Emergency Services.
Participants gathered for the 44th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference in Flagstaff.
AzCRH Director, Dan Derksen, facilitating questions and answers after a session.
Allen Gjersvig, Director Navigator and Enrollment Services, Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers.
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.
Discussion and questions during one of the general sessions.
Carlos Gonzales, MD, Assistant Dean Curricular Affairs, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson.
Long-time conference participants reconnecting. Left-to-right: Jack Beverage, Gordon Jensen and Patricia Tarango.
Marcus Johnson, Director, State Health Policy and Advocacy, Vitalyst Health Foundation, co-presented with Dan Derksen on Health Coverage for Rural Arizona.
Leonard Kirschner, Past President, AARP Arizona, treated attendees to an entertaining presentation entitled, "Presidents & Health Care from TR to DT."
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.
Robert Fleet, Past President of the Arizona Rural Health Association, presents an award to Claudia Gonzales during the Awards Luncheon.
Alex Sachs, Program Manager, PLAYWORKS, presenting the Somerton Community Partnerships Against Bullying project.
Kristin Boilini, Director, Dental Care for Arizona speaking on Dental Therapy, Improving Access to Quality Dental Care in Rural Arizona.
Chopper, a hard working therapy dog owned by Ali Gabriel, Graduate Student, University of Arizona, enjoyed the conference as well.
Carol Galper (right), former director of the Rural Health Professions Program enjoying a funny moment.
Tom Betlach, Director, AHCCCS, giving an update on Arizona's Medicaid program.
Dan Derksen and Sean Clendaniel
Bryna Koch, Special Projects Coordinator, Arizona Center for Rural Health, presenting on Marketplace changes for 2017.
Paul Moore, DPh, Senior Health Policy Advisor, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, delivering the Andrew W. Nichols Rural and Border Health Policy Lecture
Melissa Kotrys, Chief Executive Officer, Health Current.
Gerald Doeksen and Cheryl St. Clair were key presenters in the pre-conference workshop.
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).
Conference participants came from all over Arizona.
Students talking about their experiences doing summer research in Arizona.
Pre-conference session on "Understanding & Leveraging the Economic Impact of Rural Health Care” (A Rural Health Works Regional Workshop).
James Lincoln, Loan Fund Director for the Arizona Community Foundation.
Over 180 people attended the conference this year.
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).
One of the Lightning Rounds Poster session included, "Utilizing Adolescent Peer Educators to Promote Sun Safety in Southern Arizona."
The beautiful San Francisco Peaks.
During the breaks, attendees visited with vendors and enjoyed refreshments.
The twenty conference exhibitors provided information and learning opportunities.
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.
Elizabeth Arrendondo, Director, Western Arizona AHEC speaking while SEAHEC summer interns look on.
Carol Lewis, Health Education Section Manager, Yavapai County Community Health Services presented a poster on the Yavapai Healthy Schools Project.
Bryna Koch, Special Projects Coordinator, Arizona Center for Rural Health