2013 Arizona Rural Health and Public Policy Forum

Photos from the 2013 Arizona Rural Health and Public Policy Forum

Photos by Jacquelyn Abad

Director of the Center for Rural Health, Dr. Neil MacKinnon introduces the forum.

Long time rural health advocate, Fredrick Hubbard is awarded with a retirement gift. 

Executive Director State Advisory Council on Indian Health Care, Fredrick Hubbard talks about his experiences working in health care.

CEO of Cobre Valley Regional Medical Center, Neal Jensen discusses the impact of rural health care on Critical Access Hospitals.

President and CEO of the Arizona Council of Human Service Providers, Emily Jenkins presents a presentation on behavioral health care issues.

(Left to right) Sr. Director of External Affairs at the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers, Tara McCollum Plese, CEO Neal Jensen and President/CEO Emily Jenkins act as panel for AHCCS Coverage & Reimbursement Issues.

Dr. Ronald Weinstein, director of the Arizona Telemedicine comments on the telemedicine parity legislation.

The forum took place at the Arizona Capitol Museum.

The Great Seal of the State of Arizona.

Dr. Kevin Driesen with former state senator and current President and CEO of the Regional Center for Border Health, Amanda Aguirre.

Executive Director of the NAU Interdisciplinary Health Policy Institute, Paul Dutton, moderates the discussion on the Arizona Primary Care Workforce.

Dr. Dan Derksen, Professor and Chair of the Public Health Policy and Management Section at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health shares what the health care workforce needs to do in light of the Affordable Care Act.

Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

A crowd of about 80 people turned out for the forum.

Hospital Project Manager of San Carlos Apache Tribe Kenneth White Jr. talks about the status of Native American Health.

A skit given by Amanda Aguirre and Tara McCollum Plese on what not to say when you visit your legislator.

Visiting scholar Celia Culley and Director Dr. Neil MacKinnon at the 2013 Arizona Rural & Public Health Policy Forum.

Arizona Rural & Public Health Policy Forum

‘Living Well in Rural Arizona’

January 24, 2013, 9:15 AM —3:30 PM
Arizona Capitol Museum
1700 W. Washington
Phoenix, Arizona


The Center for Rural Health presents the Policy Forum with support from the Arizona Rural Health Association.

The Forum is designed to:

  • Examine key health policy issues and their impact on Arizona’s rural and tribal communities
  • Identify strategies to strengthen rural communities and public health systems
  • Learn about organization’s legislative priorities for the upcoming year.


Download the Final Agenda



Rebecca Ruiz, Sr. Program Coordinator