Elected Officials and Health Professionals Meet to Discuss Rural Health Care Challenges in Cochise County

Monday, July 19, 2010 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Elected officials and rural health professionals will gather in Bisbee, Ariz. on Monday, July 19th to discuss issues affecting rural health policy in Cochise County. Speakers will address topics such as health care challenges at the border, recruitment and retention of the health care workforce, telemedicine services, broadband services, dental health challenges, rural health designations, and electronic health record implementation and exchange. 
The Cochise County Rural Health Assembly will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cochise County Board of Supervisors in Bisbee.
Elected Officials and Rural Health Representatives
  •  Manuel V. Alvarez, Arizona State Sen. (District 25)
  • Patricia Fleming, Arizona State Representative (District 25)
  • David W. Stevens, Arizona State Representative (District 25)
  • Ann English, Cochise County Supervisor (District 2)
  • Edith Sampson, President, Arizona Rural Health Association
  • Alison Hughes, Rural Health Office, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
  • Joyce Hospodar,Rural Health Office, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health – Facilitator
Speakers & Topics
  • Jim Dickson, President-elect, Arizona Rural Health Association and CEO, Copper Queen Hospital: The Status of Telemedicine in Arizona
  • Joseph Tabor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health: The status of the health care workforce in Cochise County
  • Ginger Ryan, CEO, Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. – Workforce issues in a community health center
  • Brian Bickel, CEO, Southeast Arizona Medical Center, Douglas:  Health Care Challenges at the Border
  •  Mike Albertson, Partner, Health Solutions and Market Intelligence: Rural Health Implications of the proposed new federal definitions of Health Professions Shortage Areas and Medically Underserved Areas
  • Robert Sorce, Assistant Director, Division of Behavioral Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services:  The Status of Behavioral Health in Cochise County
  • Jerrod D. Long, DDS, Private Practice Dentist: Dental Health Challenges at the Community Level
  • Melissa Rutala, Director, Regional Extension Center, Arizona Health-e Connection: What’s New in Electronic Health Record Implementation In Arizona 
  • Galen Updike, Manager, Communications Development, Government Information Technology Agency:  Broadband Implementation Plans for Cochise County 
  • Ronald S. Weinstein, M.D., Director, Arizona Telemedicine Program: Telemedicine Services in rural Arizona
The Rural Health Office at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is co-sponsoring the event with Arizona Rural Health Association, Cochise County Health Department, Copper Queen Hospital, and the Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center.
Cochise County Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, Building C,
1415 Melody Lane, Bisbee, AZ 85603
Monday, July 19, 2010 | 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Editorial Contacts:
University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
Gerri Kelly • 520.626.9669 • gkelly@email.arizona.edu