Illinois Rural Health Association Happenings 

IRHA to Host Student Rural Health Careers Forum September 24th

On Saturday, September 24th, IRHA is hosting a Rural Health Careers Forum from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at the U of I Medical School 506 S. Mathews, 2nd Floor Auditorium in Urbana. An informal lunch buffet will immediately follow the Forum to give attendees and panelists an opportunity to network. The Forum is free but registration is required to get an accurate headcount. Register online.

The Forum is targeted at undergraduates to help them gain insight on the many careers paths you can take in the rural health arena in addition to just traditional MDs.  The Forum will consists of three 40-minute panel discussions with audience feedback and questions.

10:00 a.m. Healthcare Administrators: Panel will include top administrative staff from Rural Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics and Public Health Departments

10: 40 a.m. Healthcare Clinicians: Panel will include Surgical Assistant, PA, Dentist, Lab Director, etc.

11:20 a.m. Grad Students/Advisors: Panel will include current medical/grad students and AHEC advisors to help explain how to best prepare for  grad school and their careers and the resources available. 

IRHA hopes this Forum can be used as a model to replicate at other colleges and universities across the state. Special thanks to IRHA Student Board Members Hunter Winstead and Kacey Hamilton for getting this Forum off the ground. If you are interested in being a panelist, please contact Margaret Vaughn at or 217-280-0206.  Special thanks to AHEC for their sponsorship. 

IRHA to Host Rural Health Resource Webinar September 29th

IRHA has arranged for the Rural Health Information Hub (RHI Hub) at the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health to host a webinar on Thursday, September 29th, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The webinar will show the many resources that would assist you in finding funding opportunities in rural health projects.

RHI Hub Senior Project Coordinator Naomi Lelm will be presenting the webinar. Registration is free to Illinois Rural Health Association and Illinois Public Health Association members. For non-members, the workshop is $55 and includes 12-month membership to IRHA.

Register now.


About the IRHA

First organized in 1989, the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) is a collaborative association whose mission is to strengthen health systems for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking and leadership.


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