Utah Center for Rural Health

National Rural Health Association of Utah Conference

2017 Conference

All healthcare providers, health professionals, rural health organizations, graduate students, undergraduate students, and any individuals interested in rural health across Utah are invited to the 2017 annual RHAU conference.

Conference details:

Golf Tournament: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Conference: Friday, December 1, 2017

Dixie State University, St. George, Utah

CME credits will be offered.*

See tentative conference breakout session topics here.

RHAU is proud to announce a tour of Rocky Vista College of Osteopathic Medicine - Southern Utah during the afternoon of Friday, December 1, 2017 as a part of the conference.

*NOTE: CEU credits are planned to be offered through the Utah Nurses Association (UNA).  Application for CME credit has been accepted and will be offered with the American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Register ONLINE

  • $25 - Student (undergraduate or graduate) 
  • $125 - Professional/Healthcare Provider
  • $125 - Informational Booth Participant

Register for the Golf Tournament

  • $65 - Participant
  • $150 - Hole Sponsorship (includes complimentary registration to the conference) 


2016 Conference

Thanks to all who attended our 2016 conference.  All details and presentations can be found below.

2016 conference agenda


Presentations from the 2016 Conference

Rewriting the Rural Narrative, by Ben Winchester

You are the Key to HPV Cancer Prevention, by William Cosgrove, MD

Telehealth: Current Trends and Opportunities, by Patricia Carroll and Marz Cesarini

The Future of Healthcare Policy and Politics by Dave Gessel

What's New in Telehealth: Leveraging Video-Chat for Provider Education & Consultation by Leah Willis, MS

An Integrative Medicine Approach to Health and Well-Being in Rural Communities by Dannelle Larsen-Rife, PhD

Benefits to Rural Care Providers by Wyatt Packer, MHA

Working with Veterans in Rural Communities by Byron Bair, MD

Family History: How a Few Minutes Can Change Patient Care, by Samantha Greenberg, MS

Transforming Rural Healthcare through Leadership, by Daniella Pendergrass, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC

How Medical Students Could Enhance Your Rural Practice, by David Park, DO

   Handout from Dr. Park's Presentation on Time Management

Thank you to our golf tournament participants.  A $500 donation was made to the St. George Doctor's Volunteer Clinic from the sponsorships of golf holes.

Check our our photos from the conference!

countryclub     hcc    clinic

Rural Health Association of Utah Membership Fees

Individual: $50 per year

Organization with up to 3 members: $100 per year

Organization with up to 10 members: $400 per year

2016 Keynote Speakers

Ben Winchester


Ben Winchester is a research fellow and rural sociologist with the University of Minnesota and has worked in and for small towns across the Midwest since 1977.  His research focuses on a rural "brain gain" - the trend of 30-49 year-olds moving to rural areas - to identify the social and economic opportunities of this migration.  Ben has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of MInnesota-Morris and a master's degree in rural sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia.  He has spoken in the past in Utah at the Rural Summit in Cedar City.  For more information on this keynote speaker and brain gain concepts, see his website.

Matthew Jones


Matt Jones is a world-class professional speaker and author, resulting from his time when as a senior in high school, he was diagnosed with cancer, acute myeloid leukemia.  Without treatment, he was expected to live only a few weeks to a few months.  Against all odds, Matt overcame his medical challenges and one year after finishing chemotherapy, completed the San Diego Rock N' Roll marathon.  He went from being a three-time cancer conqueror to relearning how to walk, to going through a bone marrow transplant, to completing seven marathons on seven continents (and yes, that includes Antarctica).  Matt is a founder of the R.E.A.L. Leadership Academy, in which he develops leaders that inspire, impact, influence, and leave a lasting legacy.  For more information on Matt, please visit www.MatthewDJones.com

Award Recipients

Congratulations to our award recipients for this year.  We appreciate your dedication to improving rural health!  Awards were featured during the conference luncheon. 

Dennis Moser, Lifetime Achievement Award

Gunnison Valley Hospital, Commitment to Clinical Training

Dixie State University, Educational Initiatives to Improve Rural Health

Questions & Contact

For more information on this year's conference, contact Rita Osborn, Director at osborn@suu.edu or 435-865-8520.