Rural Health Association of Utah Annual Conference Webinar

April 22, 2020


Rural communities often have poorer health outcomes than non-rural communities. This is due, in part, to barriers to accessing healthy food, opportunities for physical activity, and mental health resources. The Rural Health Association of Utah works to address these barriers and provide a unified voice to promote and enhance the quality of rural health in Utah.

Get Healthy Utah was proud to sponsor the Rural Health Association of Utah’s Annual Conference which was held virtually on April 10, 2020. Experts in a variety of fields from across the state came together virtually to discuss health issues and provide on-the ground examples and strategies for working together to enhance the well-being of rural Utahans.

Conversations ranged from the National Diabetes Prevention Program, Park Rx, and suicide prevention to equity and collaborative partnerships. Over 400 attendees joined the live broadcasts and many of the sessions had over 100 attendees.

Thank you to the Rural Health Association of Utah for providing an opportunity to get together, learn, and share during this challenging time!

Rural Health Association of Utah Webinar Sessions (click on the session title to view the recorded webinar)

Opioid Use Disorder

Panelists:
Ashley Yaugher-Utah State University
Kasey Shakespear-Utah Rural Opioid Healthcare Consortium
Suzanne Prevedel-Utah State University
Maren Voss-Utah State University Extension

Diabetes Prevention

Panelists:
Sarah Woolsey, MD, Comagine Health
Shauna Nordgren, LPN, National DPP Coach
Rachel Kramer, Solera Health
Shelly Sanderson, NP, Enterprise Valley Medical Clinic
Mallory Spendlove, Utah Public Health Department

Medication-Assisted Treatment

Panelists:
Laura Summers, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute
Lauren Prest, MD, Moab Regional Hospital
Mike Austin, Utah State University Extension
Lori Wright, Family Healthcare

Outdoor/Park Rx

Panelists:
Sarah Hodson, Get Healthy Utah
Jesse Spencer, MD, Intermountain Healthcare Medical Group
Sarah Kinnison, Salt Lake County Health Department

Mental Health

Panelists:
Charles Smith, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Paula Dunham, Green River Medical Center
Ashley Heaton, Kane Community Coalition Coordinator
Tad Draper, Wayne Community Health Center
Janelle Robinson, University Neuropsychiatric Institute

Oncology

Panelists:
Derrick Haslem, MD, Oncology, Intermountain Healthcare
Ken Grossman, MD, PhD, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Garret Harding, Huntsman Cancer Institute

Suicide Prevention

Panelists:
Amy Mikkleson, Utah Department of Health
Robin Hatch, Northeastern Counseling Center Suicide Prevention
Jesse Spencer, MD, Intermountain Healthcare Medical Group
Teresa Willie, Utah Prevention Coalition Association

Equity and Inclusion

Panelists:
Mike Nelson, Dixie State University
Michelle Chapoose, LSUDC, Tribal Opioid Resource Center
Amber Rich, Intermountain Healthcare
Emilia Brown, Association for Utah Community Health

Working Together for Community Well-being

Panelists:
Christina Mead, US Department of Health and Human Services
Jordan Merrill, Intermountain Healthcare
Teresa Willie, Utah Prevention Coalition Association
Sarah Hodson, Get Healthy Utah

Learn More:
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