Illinois Rural Health Association Happenings


IRHA 2018  Annual Educational Conference  AUG. 8-9th

Hilton Garden Inn *-  Champaign

*Hilton room block sold out - Availability next door at Homewood Suites 217-352-9960 through July 15th at rate of $112 - ask for IRHA2018 block. 

2018 Annual IL Rural Health Conference Brochure.pdf

See abbreviated agenda  2018 IRHA Conference Schedule.docx

Attendees & Sponsors can REGISTER NOW ONLINE OR


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IRHA Student Rural Health Career Forums a Success

Because of the huge demand for healthcare professions in rural areas, IRHA hosted two Rural Health Career Forums this spring, one at SIU-Carbondale and the other at ISU – Normal, in which they assembled a diverse panel of health professionals to talk to college students about what their jobs entail and the best path to take to get there.  Special thanks to AHEC for their partnership and support.

ISU Forum: Front sitting row from left to right: SIU Rural Health Researcher Whitney Zahrd, Advanced Practice Nurse Sue Gray, Surgical Assistant Stephanie O’Neil, & Behavioral Health Specialist Jessica Smiley
Back row standing: Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital (ALMH) Nurse Administrator Roxanne Harling, ALMH Lab Director Lori England, McLean County Health Dept Administrator Camille Rodriguez & Dr. David Hagan

SIU Carbondale Forum: 1st row seated: Rural Health Clinic Administrator Jan Farmer, Physsician Assistant Cheri Kelly;Social Worker Jennifer Hammonds, Psychiatric APN Beth Heaney, EMS Coordinator Brad Robinson, Dr. Kathy Swafford
2nd Row Standing: Medical Student Nathan Devenney and Vermillion County Public Health Dept Administrator Doug Toole

SIU Carbondale students at Career Forum


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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