Illinois Rural Health Association Happenings
IRHA Hosts Legislative Forum in Macoupin County
1st row seated: Sen. Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill), Rep. Wayne Rosenthal (R-Morrisonville), Sen. Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) and Rep. CD Davidsmeyer (R-Jacksonville) 2nd row standing: IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn, Jersey Community Hospital CEO Jon Wade, Dr. Jerome Epllin and Dr. Phil Johnson both with Litchfield Family Practice Center, Staunton Memorial Hospital CEO Sue Campbell, Medical Student Mallory Kelly, Jennifer Henrichs of Macoupin Family Practice Centers
IRHA recently hosted legislative forum at the Magnusun Grand Hotel in Carlinville which was very well attended by over 40 area medical providers including doctors, nurses, hospital CEOs, Rural Health Clinic administrators, dentists, public health departments and medical students. The Forum provided an opportunity for state legislators to gain a better understanding of local healthcare needs. Items at the top of the discussion list were the need for Telehealth, the lack of dental care and Medicaid reimbursement for adult dental, a federal proposal to widen the geographic distance between hospitals to qualify as Critical Access Hospitals, physician recruitment problems in rural areas and how the expansion of Medicaid will impact an already backlogged system
Save the Date for the 25th Annual Educational Conference
Aug. 14th-15th, 2014 at Keller Convention Center in Effingham
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Call for Presentations
Submission Deadline: March 21, 2014
The Illinois Rural Health Association is announcing a “Call for Presentations” for its Annual Conference to be held in Effingham, IL August 14-15, 2014.
This year’s conference theme is "Simply the Best". We are planning a dynamic conference sure to spark the interest of rural health care providers, EMS, public health staff, academia, and all parties interested in rural health issues.
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.