Back to All Events

Virginia Rural Health Association: Annual Conference


  • Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center One Partnership Circle Abingdon, VA 24210 USA (map)

“The Future of Rural Health” 

For over twenty years, the Virginia Rural Health Association has served as "The Voice for Rural Health in Virginia."  Rural Health is DIFFERENT.  Rural Americans face a unique combination of factors that create disparities in health care not found in urban areas. Economic factors, cultural and social differences, educational differences, lack of recognition by legislators and the isolation of living in remote rural areas all conspire to impede rural Americans in their struggle to lead a normal, healthy life.

Our health care system is undergoing dramatic changes. Providers have become increasingly aware that the current rural safety net programs are not structured for success in this new environment. While it is critically important to sustain the rural safety net providers during this time of change and uncertainty, it is equally important to outline a meaningful phased and non-destructive transition strategy that successfully links today’s payment and patient care delivery structures to the health care systems of the future.

The Annual Conference of the Virginia Rural Health Association is an opportunity for the people and organizations that serve Virginia’s rural population from across the Commonwealth to meet.  The event is filled with workshops, keynote speakers, networking and an Exhibit Hall.  The people who attend the event are as diverse as the VRHA membership: hospital executives, academic faculty, clinic staff, government officials, health professions students and more.

Bringing the people who care about rural Virginia together provides an opportunity to discuss how we can ensure the sustainability of rural Virginia through policy, access, economics, education and more. 

http://www.vrha.org/2016conference.php