31st Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference Focuses on 'Making Our Voices Count', July 19-2

31st Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference Focuses on 'Making Our Voices Count'

31st Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference Focuses on 'Making Our Voices Count', July 19-2

How to make the voices count of people interested in improving rural health is the focus of the 31st Annual Rural Health Conference set for Monday-Wednesday, July 19-21, at the Pointe South Mountain Resort, 7777 South Pointe Parkway, Phoenix, Ariz.
The conference, which is sponsored by the Rural Health Office at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health and the Arizona Rural Health Association, will bring together rural health professionals from around the state to discuss how to make a difference around four themes: Rural Clinical Practice Issues, Changing the Rural Health Environment, Rural Health Workforce Issues, and Media Matters: Stories, Education and Advocacy.

Plenary speakers for the conference include:

  • Virginia Caine, MD, president of the American Public Health Association
  • Emily Costich, health policy analyst at the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
  • Catherine Eden, PhD, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services

This year's conference also offers the First Andrew W. Nichols Memorial Lecture, in memory of Dr. Nichols, who founded the Rural Health Office and directed it until his untimely death in 2001. Dr Nichols also was a state legislator for more than 13 years. The topic will be "Integration of U.S. and Mexican Health Care Systems: Barriers, Opportunities and Inevitable Consequences," by David Warner, PhD, MPA, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, July 20. The lecture is open to conference registrants and free to the public.

The conference includes participants representing rural, border and tribal health agencies throughout Arizona, including practitioners, public health planners, epidemiologists, health educators, administrators, behavioral health specialists, nutritionists, environmental health specialists, tribal representatives, researchers, academicians and students. Registration fee includes a one-year membership to the Arizona Rural Health Association (AzRHA). Group and same-day registration is available. For more information, go to www.rho.arizona.edu or contact Rebecca Ruiz at 626-7946, ext. 254, or aruiz@rho.arizona.edu.

Assignment Editors Please Note: Reporters are invited to cover the conference. For more information, please contact Vicki Gaubeca, (520) 626-7229, or Lynda Bergsma, (520) 626-7946, ext., 235 or lbergsma@u.arizona.edu.


Established by the Arizona Board of Regents in January 2000, the Mel and Enid Zuckerman Arizona College of Public Health is the first public health college in the four corner states. The Arizona College of Public Health's mission is to promote the health of individuals and communities with a special emphasis on diverse populations and the Southwest. Programs concentrate on the reduction of health disparities, the development and maintenance of healthy communities, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.