Slideshow for 42st Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference & 10th Annual Performance Improvement Summit

Conference attendees taking a refreshment break.

Left to right: Matt Eckhoff, Tom Morris, Tony LoGiudice, Les Caid networking during a refreshment break.

Hilton Sedona Resort.

The Hilton Sedona Resort was the location for this year's conference.

Recipient of Rural Health Award.

Amanda Aguirre (left) presents 2015 Distinguished Martha Ortiz Volunteer Award to Mrs. Ramona Corrales as Ana Roscetti looks on.

Red rock formations.

Red rock formations.

Dan Derksen, MD at the podium.

Dan Derksen addressing the conference.

Amy McPherson

Amy McPherson, MPH student, with her poster presentation on community paramedicine in rural communities.

Nancy Rowe

Nancy Rowe, associate director for outreach for the Arizona Telemedicine Program, presenting on telemedicine services for rural hospitals.

Amanda Aguirre speaks at annual awards luncheon.

Amanda Aguirre introduces the 2015 annual awards luncheon.

Jill Bullock and Joyce Hospodar

Jill Bullock (left) and Joyce Hospodar introducing their "Shining Star" Award for 2015.

View of Sedona from Airport Road.

View of Sedona from Airport Road.

Ronald Knox

Roland Knox, CEO of Northern Cochise Community Hospital in Willcox, presenting at the PI Summit for Critical Access Hospitals.

Attendees included a couple of well-behaved dogs, including Chopper here.

Bethany Adams

Bethany Adams presents to break out session.

Will Humble

Will Humble presenting on Using Integrated Paramedicine to Improve Population Health.

Deidre Greyeyes at the microphone.

Deidre Greyeyes is at the mic during the session on Oral Health in American Indian Communities.

Gordon Jensen

Gordon Jensen (center) has attended Rural Health Conferences from the very beginning.

Tom Betlach at the podium.

Tom Betlach, Director, AHCCCS, addressing the conference.

Leslie Dornfield

Leslie Dornfield, principal and owner of PLAN*et Communities presents her findings on Miami and Ganado Health Assessments and the impact of the built environment on community health as Anissa Jonovich (left) and Jim Cunningham (right) look on.

Anthony Cappa

Anthony Cappa, MD discusses a model for integrating medical Spanish into health provider training.

Dr. John Moroney

Dr. John Moroney of HRSA (left) with Dan Derksen and Alyssa Padilla.

A furry conference attendee.

Suzie Q was one of our furry attendees.

Brad Dreifuss

Brad Dreifuss, MD, Director of Rural and Global Health Programs for the UA Dept. of Emergency Medicine, discusses his poster about preparing emergency physicians for the rural practice environment.

Susan Goodman

Susan Goodman, RN, JD, presenting on lessons from a collaborative compliance demo project.

Allison Hughes at the Rural Health Conference

Allison Hughes (right) discusses rural health issues at AZ Center for Rural Health's exhibit.

Rebecca Ruiz (right) and Patricia Tarango (left) pause to chat in the exhibitor hallway.

Michael Dupont with Sonia Nieves and Sharon Vanskiver

Michael Dupont, author of "Four Decades in the Desert: The University of Arizona's Center for Rural Health," with Sonia Nieves (left) and Sharon Vanskiver (right).


Another view of beautiful Sedona.

Leonard Kirschner

Leonard Kirschner, MD, MPH, presenting to a break out session on the Arizona AHCCCS program.

Dr. John Moroney

Dr. John Moroney giving an update on HRSA activities.

Patrick Enking, PA from NAU presenting his poster, "One Physician Assistant Program's Dedication to Medically Underserved Communities."

Gail Emrick

Gail Emrick, SEAHEC Executive Director reviews their year's activities and accomplishments.

Sedona sunset

Sedona sunset.

Krista Foster

Krista Foster, Program Specialist with the Arizona Supreme Court's Adult Probation Supervision Division talks about using mapping to maximize treatment services for criminal justice populations.

Jim Tavary and Tichard Wedig

Jim Tavary, President and CEO of Wickenburg Community Hospital and Richard Wedig, Director of Clinics and Surgical Services, discuss developing surgical centers for rural hospitals.

Flowers and landscape.

Flowers and landscape.

Kathleen McLaughlin

Kathleen McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Arizona Child and Family Advocacy Network, speaking about teaming up against abuse.

Michael Dupont

Michael Joe Dupont, presents his book, "Four Decades in the Desert: The University of Arizona's Center for Rural Health, 1970-2015."

Ronald Weinstein and Ann Nichols

Ronald Weinstein, MD, and Ann Nichols after the book signing and talk.

Audience at annual conference

Over 180 people attended this year's conference.

Amanda Aguirre

Amanda Aguirre speaking at the annual awards luncheon.

Matt Eckhoff

Matt Eckhoff, Program Director of Community Integrated Paramedicine for the Rio Rico Medical & Fire District.

Jaymus Lee and Eric Lander

Arizona medical students Jaymus Lee and Eric Lander presenting their poster, "Students Helping Arizona Register Everyone: Improving Insurance Education and Access."

Raymond Andrade

Raymond Andrade with the Western Region Public Health Training Center presents findings from a needs assessment survey of public health professionals.

Joyce Hospodar

Joyce Hospodar, Senior Advisor for Rural Programs at the Center for Rural Health, presents her poster on Performance Improvement at Arizona's Trauma Centers.

Floribella Redondo

Floribella Redondo, President of AZCHOW speaks about strengthening the community health worker movement in Arizona.

C. Michael Woodward

Michael Woodward led a session on gender issues in rural health.

Dan Derksen, MD at the podium.

Daniel Derksen, MD, presenting on AZ Marketplace and ACA issues.

Dr. Derksen and others networking.

Sharing a moment to talk, left to right: Ali Gabriel, Alicia Thompson, Rogelio Martinez and Dan Derksen.

Robert Fleet and Amanda Aguirre

Robert Fleet presents Amanda Aguirre with special Kachina in appreciation for her service.

Brad Dreifuss and Ronald Knox

Brad Dreifuss (left) and Roland Knox (right)

Ann Nichols

Ann Nichols (center) and Allison Hughes (right) browsing through memories in the 50-year history book about the Center for Rural Health.

Roselyn Riggs

Roselyn Riggs, Manager of the CHC's Mobile Health Program in Tuba City, answers questions on oral health in American Indian communities.

Ronald Weinstein and Bob Burns

Allison Hughes (left), Ronald Weinstein, MD (center) and former AZ State Senator Bob Burns (right) at the book signing and talk.

Cholla cacti

Cholla cacti and mesas.

Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona

Frank Lloyd Wright's Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona.

Chérie Passalacqua with Joyce Hospodar and Jill Bullock

Chérie Passalacqua (center), Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance for White Mountain Regional Medical Center, receiving the "Shining Star Award" from Jill Bullock and Joyce Hospodar for her generous service to Arizona's Critical Access Hospitals.

Sedona red rocks

The beautiful red rocks of Sedona.

Eric Lander at the Rural Health Conference.

Medical student Eric Lander (right) with Liz Barta with the Arizona Poison Control Center.

Zafer Genc

Zafer Genc, a clinical pharmacist at La Paz Regional Hospital, presents his poster, "Initiation of a Multidisciplinary Diabetes Program."

Jill Bullock and Alyssa Padilla

Jill Bullock (left) and Alyssa Padilla enjoying the scenery in Sedona.

Will Humble with community EMS providers.

Will Humble (left), Les Caid (middle) and Tony LoGiudice answer questions after the session on community paramedicine.

Kim Russell

Kim Russell, Executive Director of the Advisory Council on Indian Health Care, addresses the conference.

Exhibitors at conference.

Twenty three exhibitors participated in this year's conference.

Robert Fleet

Robert Fleet, President Elect of the Arizona Rural Health Association introduces the first awardee.

Melanie Mitros

Melanie Mitros, Director of Strategic Community Partnerships at St. Luke's Health Initiatives and Martha Moore-Monroy (left).

Conference attendees.

Greg Was, CEO of White Mountain Regional Medical Center (foreground) and Alyssa Padilla (back) listening to one of the many excellent presenters.

Lining up for book copies.

Participants lining up to receive signed copies of the book from Author Mike Dupont. Gregory Was (left), Patricia Tarango (middle); Amanda Aguirre (right).

At one of the many excellent general sessions.

At one of the many excellent general sessions.

Attendees network at the Rural Health Conference.

Networking opportunities are a key part of the Rural Health Conferences.

Heather Williams

Heather Williams from Coconino County Public Health Service presents her poster, "Passing Booster Seat Policies in the Hualapai Nation: A Cooperative Effort."

Ann King White

Ann King White discusses CAH metrics and financial measures.

Jack Beveridge

Jack Beveridge presents to standing room crowd on his findings from his trip to Cuba.

Allie Stender

Allie Stender with the Coconino County Public Health Services District discussing rural sexual health services.

Neil Jensen

Neil Jensen, CEO of Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, presenting at one of the many break out sessions.

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