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The West Virginia Rural Health Conference is held each year in the fall. The purpose of this annual conference is to offer education, information, and networking opportunities to health care providers, policymakers, communities, and students of health professions. In pursuit of overall health of West Virginians, the conference includes interesting forums, special event meetings, and breakout sessions. Each year the conference focuses on rural health care issues, cutting edge initiatives, and creative methods to assist in solving current challenges.

The conference is coordinated by the Division of Rural Health and Recruitment/OCHSHP/BPH/WVDHHR and CAMC Health Education and Research Institute, which facilitates continuing education units. Other partners include the WV Rural Health Association, WV Area Health Education Center, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, WVU Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, WV School of Osteopathic Medicine and  the Center for Rural Health Development.

Scholarships for conference registration and lodging are available to qualifying health professions students and community volunteers who are not employed in the health field.  Each year the planning committee collaborates to invite dynamic speakers who will present exciting topics to conference participants.

Come and join us this coming year!
 Conference Registration Form without Conference Brochure

Conference Registration and Scholarship Form
Conference Registration Information:  The objective of the West Virginia Rural Health Conference is to provide attendees with updates regarding rural health issues on both the national and state level. Attendees will be provided with learning tools to assist in carrying out best practices in the community and have an opportunity to network with peers facing similar challenges. The broad range of conference sessions will interest a wide variety of individuals, such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health professionals and students, government officials, business and community leaders, social workers, community extension agents, community planners, community health care volunteers, and individuals interested in community development. 

Conference Scholarship information:   The Division of Rural Health and Recruitment provides a limited number of West Virginia Rural Health Conference Scholarship Awards to medical professionals and community representatives involved in rural health care in West Virginia.   All scholarship applicants must provide a brief written summary depicting their personal experience and commitment to practicing medicine in a rural location.  This summary is to be submitted with the completed scholarship application.  Scholarships will be awarded based on applicant’s experience, service and desire to provide health care to the rural population of West Virginia. As a condition of acceptance of the scholarship, all recipients are required to attend conference sessions and all special events.

PDF documentConference Partner and Exhibitor Packet

The Division of Rural Health and Recruitment is seeking organizations and individuals to partner and/or exhibit at the 21st ANNIVERSARY of the Annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference. With the support of devoted partners and exhibitors, this conference gathers many contributors to rural health for three exciting and informative days of learning and networking. The support of your organization enables us to continue to provide a forum for discussion of rural health policy and to network with fellow rural health advocates across the state. Annually we present rural health policy makers from both state and national arenas offering diverse points of view and opportunities for discussion. The Division of Rural Health and Recruitment greatly appreciates your participation in planning, partnering and implementing this ever important rural health event.

PDF documentConference Rural Health Awards Form

The West Virginia Rural Health Conference bestows awards every year honoring selected recipients for outstanding and meritorious service in the field of rural health.  Awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon during the Conference.
These awards may be granted to individuals, organizations or groups employed in or concerned with health-related fields in rural West Virginia.  The awards may also be granted to an individual in a non-health-related position that has done an exemplary job in promoting health in rural areas:  i.e. a physical education teacher whose class has increased his/her activities to reduce obesity in the school.

PDF documentConference Speaker Packet Forms

If you have been requested or approved to speak at the WV Rural Health Conference Thank you. We look forward to working with you. Please review these guidelines and expectations. The expectations for your presentation are to assure that our participants get the most from their attendance at our annual conference. As a conference speaker, we are asking you to complete these forms and submit to us by September 16, 2013.  Forms can be mailed, scanned and e-mailed or faxed. 

PDF documentScholarship Form for CAH and Small Rural Hopsitals
Scholarships are being provided to one CAH and one Small Rural Hospital representative to provide each hospital an opportunity to attend the WVRHC. The conference provides a venue conducive to networking and educational opportunities. We hope that each hospital will take advantage of this opportunity to meet, discuss, share ideas and best practices with your peers.
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