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2011 Annual Symposium Review
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The 14th Annual
New England Rural Health Symposium

Healthy Aging in Rural New England Places

October 27 & 28, 2011
Inn at Mills Falls Meredith, NH

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RoundTable Symposium on Healthy Aging in Rural NE Places:
"Best Ever," said many attendees.


Each year the RoundTable honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the advancement of rural health. This year's honorees are (l to r): Martha McLeod (Leadership), Ed Perlak (President's Award), Dr. Sharon Fine, (who accepted the Leadership award on behalf of Northern Counties Health Care, St. Johnsbury, VT), and Kathy Cucciara (Clinician award).

Martha McLeod is a former NH state legislator and former Executive Director of the North Country Health Consortium; Ed Perlak is Vice-President, Berkshire Health Systems and former president of the RoundTable; Dr. Fine is with Northern Counties Health Care, Inc. (VT), and Kathy Cucchiara is a long time employee of United Services, Inc. (CT.)

Keynote speaker Dr. Stephen Bartels, geriatric psychiatrist and Director, Dartmouth Centers on Health and Aging, outlined a panoply of innovative solutions to health care for older rural adults. Some of the solutions are "high tech," such as monitoring devices for the home, use of telehealth for specialty consultations but - equally important- are "high touch" ideas in which non-medical persons can be quickly trained to provide counseling and support to isolated (and often depressed) elders.

We can train community health workers, as they do in developing countries, said Dr. Bartels; we need to shift from high-end, high cost care toward increased self-management of chronic disease (with support). Review Dr. Bartels talk below.

Other speakers presented practical, easily achievable ways to support aging residents and allow them to continue living in their own homes and local communities. Dr. Allan "Chip" Teele, a family practitioner in Maine, told of his Full Circle America organization that offers a new model - "empowered aging" - for elder care. You can learn more about Dr. Teele's work at his website.


President Nancy DuMont presents gift to outgoing President John Gale

On the afternoon before the Symposium, Dr. Andrew Coburn, Muskie School of Public Service, reviewed ways in which the rural health provisions of the Affordable Care Act are being carried out. Representatives from HRSA's Bureau of Primary Health Care and Office of Rural Health Policy presented examples of successful collaboration between Critical Access Hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.


If you missed the Symposium, you can review the speakers' presentations below.

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View speakers' presentations below:

Innovative Solutions to Health Care for
Older Adults Living in Rural Areas

Stephen Bartels, MD, MS
Professor of Psychiatry, Community & Family Medicine,
and TDI, Dartmouth Medical School
Director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging
Download Presentation (PDF/68.1 MB)


Integrated Behavioral Health and Rural Factors

Christopher Bersani, Psy.D., ABPP
Captain, US Public Health Service (USPHS)
Sr. Public Health Analyst/Behavioral Health Lead
Office of Regional Operations (ORO)
Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)
Download Presentation (PDF/955KB)

Rural Issues in Implementing the ACA:
Coverage, Exchanges, Health Homes and More?

Andrew F. Coburn, PhD
University of Southern Maine
Download Presentation (PDF/2MB)

New England Rural Health RoundTable
Michelle Goodman and CAPT Maureen Quinn
Department of Health and Human Services
Health Resources and Services Administration
Office of Rural Health Policy & Bureau of Primary Health Care
Download Presentation (PDF/2MB)

New England: What we can do about falls!
Patti League
MaineHealth?s Partnership for Healthy Aging
Program Manager A Matter of Balance
Download Presentation (PDF/667KB)

Alone and Invisible
Averting Disaster in Aging America

Allan ?Chip? Teel, M.D.
Download Presentation (PDF/3MB)

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