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5th Annual New England Rural Health RoundTable


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October 25, 2002
7:30 - 8:00 am Registration
Continental Breakfast
7:45 - 8:00 am Welcome:
Dr. Donald Kollisch, MD
Dartmouth Medical School
Lebanon, NH
8:00 - 8:30 am Keynote:
Wayne Meyers, MD, President
National Rural Health Association
Waldoboro, ME

8:30 - 10:00 am

Plenary Session:
"Finding Success and Fulfillment
Through Community Development
Eric Baumgarnter, MD, Managing Member,
Baumgartner Health, LLC, Abita Springs, LA
Phyllis Busansky, Senior Fellow,
Hudson Institute, Tampa, FL
Community coaches have identified critical success factors around community access to care based on their work in communities around the country. These factors are a combination of community organizing, passionate leadership, thoughtful health planning processes and effective community and political will-building. This presentation will describe these elements and elicit participant dialogue focused on the development of success factors in their communities.
10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 11:45 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions
I. Saving Lives in Rural Communities: Creative Solutions to EMS Needs Donna G. Truesdell, MS, RNC, Director,
Quality, Diagnostic & Clinical Support Services,
Franklin Medical Center, Greenfield, MA
Rural Franklin County, in Western Massachusetts, had not had a cardiac arrest "save" until 1991 when an innovative program involving collaboration of the local hospital, county EMS committee, emergency dispatch and Council of Governments received a Rural Health Outreach Grant. The collaboration resulted in a dramatic improvement in the outcomes of cardiac arrests. Participants will learn to identify key success factors for a rural model providing all components of the Chain of Survival. The presentation will also describe a model for utilizing a rural hospital as the key catalyst for a self-sustaining rural EMS system and explore methods of providing all levels of EMS care in "bedroom communities".

J. Assessing the Health Implications of "Rural"

Bryan W. Ayars, Bureau Chief,
State of NH Department of Health and Human Services,
Concord, NH
Eric Turer, Senior Consultant,
CHI, Concord, NH
The NH Office of Community and Public Health's Bureau of Rural Health and Primary Care, and its contractor The Community Health Institute, will present the analytic process and findings from the newly revised New Hampshire Rural Health Study. The study is a comparative analysis intended to identify and quantify differences in health status and access between residents of the statešs more and less rural communities. The presentation will focus on key topics such as why a unique definition of "Rural" was developed for this study, as well as the process and value of gathering qualitative input, relevance and key findings of the study and its role in health care planning and types of data used in the analysis and their relevance in
rural communities.

K.Taking Charge: Consumer Direction: An Innovative Approach to Elders Management of Services Provision Nancy Gavryck, MA,
Highland Valley Elder Services,
Florence, MA
In response to the national recognition of consumer direction, The Highland Valley Elder Services, Inc., Area Agency on Aging and Aging Service Access Point (ASAP) developed an 18-month pilot program that developed best practices, which were then shared with the rest of the ASAPs in the state. The program continues to grow and support quality of life in the aging process. Objectives of this presentation include understanding the consumer direction model, offering scenarios to illustrate success stories of elders within this model, using an interdisciplinary approach to manage elder services and empowering elders and their families to manage their services in the home.

L. National Health Service Corps: Site Development Kayla West, Community Support Liaison Consultant,
National Health Service Corps
Marquette, MI
More and more communities will have the opportunity for scholarships and loan repayment through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in the year 2003 due to a projected increase in federal funding for the program. Many sites do not realize they could be eligible for NHSC support or that providers in their communities could be eligible for Loan Repayment as a retention incentive. This presentation will explain what it takes to be an NHSC site, what provider types are available, where NHSC placements already exist in New England and which areas might have the best chances of attracting NHSC recruitment and retention support this year.
11:45 - 12:15
Closing and Lunch
Bryan Ayars, President
New England Rural Health RoundTable

Closing Performance:
Artistic Celebration of
Rural Health

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