38th Annual Rural Health Conference

The Power of Rural for a Healthy Southwest

August 2 & 3, 2011
Litchfield Park, Arizona

About the Conference

The 38th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference provides an environment to network, develop partnerships and exchange information with community members, health care and academic professionals, key state leaders, public, county and community health professionals and others representing rural, border and tribal communities.

The conference presenters will address the following two tracks and focus on specific content for each:

  • The Power of Health Information Technology (HIT)
  • The Power of Networks

Download the Conference Announcement (PDF) >

Conference Location and Accomodations

The conference will be held at the Wigwam Resort located at 300 Wigwam Boulevard in Litchfield Park, Arizona on Tuesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 3, 2011. To learn more about the Wigwam Resort, visit: www.wigwamarizona.com.

To make your room reservation at the Wigwam Resort before the room block expires on Tuesday, July 5, 2011, call (623) 935-3811 or (800) 327-0396 and identify yourself with the Arizona Rural Health Conference to get the group rate of $101.98 inclusive. After July 5, 2011, sleeping rooms will be on a space available basis. You can also make your reservation by using the guest link at: https://gc.synxis.com/rez.aspx?Hotel=24982&Chain=5156&group=ARH01A

The guest room rate includes: In-room Internet, in-room coffee, fitness center, daily newspaper, overnight self parking, range balls at the Golf Club, bottle of water at departure, incoming and outcoming fax services (up to 6 pages), round trip porterage charge per accommodation, daily room attendant gratuity


In addition to our local presenters, the following individuals will be presenting at the conference:

Anthony Rodgers, Deputy Administrator and Director, Center for Strategic Planning, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, has tentatively agreed to present the Bruce Gulledge Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, August 3.

Caroline Ford will deliver the Andrew W. Nichols Rural and Border Health Policy Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, August 2. Ms. Ford is the Director of the Nevada Office of Rural Health and 2011 President of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.


We encourage you to register on-line followed by your payment in the form of a check, purchase order, University of Arizona IDB/IDFs or credit card.

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Or, you may complete the registration form and submit by email. 

NOTE: Credit card payment will be accepted on-line only.

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Arizona Center for Rural Health Annual Rural Health Conference is presented in close collaboration with the Arizona Rural Health Conference Planning Committee. Major sponsors of the conference include the Arizona Health Facilities Authority, the Arizona AHEC Program Office and the Arizona Rural Health Association.

Additional support for the 38th Annual Rural Health Conference can come from organizations such as yours. Click here to learn more about the sponsorship levels and corresponding benefits to your organization as a sponsor.

Click here to view the list of the 37th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference sponsors and exhibitors.

Exhibit Opportunities

Exhibit opportunities are available. Space is limited to 25 exhibitors and will be available on a first come basis.

Click here to access the Exhibit Letter and Form. You must complete and submit the exhibit form even if you have paid on-line with a credit card.

The credit card payment option is now available for exhibits, click here.

Post Conference Workshop

The Arizona Public Health Training Center is offering the first of three modules of the Program Evaluation training on Wednesday, August 3, 2011 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. Learn more about the training >


Arizona Rural Health Service Awards

Please act soon to nominate a deserving individual or program for the Arizona Rural Health Service Awards. 

The categories are:

  • Distinguised Martha Ortiz Volunteer
  • Exceptional Rural Health Professional
  • Inspiring Rural Health Program
  • Outstanding Arizona Legislator

Download the nomination form and criteria (PDF) >



Feel free to contact Rebecca Ruiz with any questions regarding the conference at:
Phone: (520) 626-2243
Email: raruiz@email.arizona.edu

Planning Committee

The statewide planning committee was instrumental in identifying the conference theme, tracks, presenters and topics.