New England Rural Health RoundTable
Call for Workshops and Poster Presentations
6th Annual New England Rural Health RoundTable Symposium
October 16-17th, 2003, Nashua, New Hampshire

The mission of the RoundTable is to improve the health and well being of communities throughout rural New England. Members join together to share information and network at the annual symposium. The RoundTable, a membership driven organization, hopes to continue to engage members more directly in planning next year's symposium and to encourage potential new members to get involved by presenting at the 6th annual symposium.

We will be seeking abstracts for Poster Presentations and Workshops that support the rural health theme emphasizing that a community's rural nature does affect how health care is delivered. Workshops and poster presentations may include research on a specific rural health issue, or descriptions and experiences running a community based program addressing rural health.

Suggested themes for presentations and workshops include the following:
Affordable Prescription Drugs
Chronic Disease Prevention & Treatment
Community Health Workers
Health Care Financing and Economics
Information Technology
Maternal & Child Health
Oral Health
Programming for Youth
Rural Environment: Economy, Lifestyle/Culture, Education
Telehealth

Aging/Elder Care
Community Development
EMS
Health Care Workforce Issues
Managed Care
Mental Health
Outreach Strategies
Resource Allocation
Transportation
Women's Health

Other suggestions in support of the conference theme are welcome
Please email Paula Smith, Conference Committee Chair @ if you have questions or want to make sure you are on the list to receive the formal Call for Presentations.
Background and Additional Information:

Workshops are scheduled for 75 minutes, including time for questions. 12 workshops will be chosen. Presenters will be acknowledged in the conference brochure and program, and one presenter per workshop will receive a waived conference registration fee in addition to a one year membership for the New England Rural Health RoundTable

Poster presentations will be viewed on Thursday October 16th between 5:45-7:00 p.m. during the informal reception. Ten posters will be chosen. Presentations may be organized on your own display boards, or poster board and easels will be supplied.
Poster presenters will be acknowledged in the conference packet, but are not eligible for a registration or membership waiver.

Submission:

Please submit a description of your presentation or workshop by email or on diskette by Friday, March 28, 2003.

1. Provide the following information for both workshops and posters:
" Name(s) of presenter(s)
" Credentials
" Organization
" Address
" City, State & Zip
" Phone, Fax & Email

2. Format: State whether you are proposing a poster presentation or a workshop. . (Please note: There is limited availability for equipment for powerpoint presentations. Please identify these AV needs in your description so we can make arrangements).

3. For Workshops: Provide a brief 200-350 word description of your proposed session, including:
" Title
" Program Summary
" Learning Objectives

For Posters: Provide a brief description of your proposed display. State whether you will need electricity.

4. For Workshops Only: Please provide bio, CV, or resume for each speaker.

5. Submit the email to [email protected] or mail a diskette (indicate IBM or MAC) to
New England Rural Health Roundtable
Conference Committee
C/o Southern NH AHEC
128 State Route 27
Raymond, NH 03077

Approval Process:

The New England Rural Health RoundTable Conference Committee will make decisions about proposal submissions. The committee's decision is final.

Submissions will be reviewed in April. All individuals submitting a workshop or presentation for consideration will receive written communication regarding whether the submission has been approved or denied, via letter or email, by the first week of May.

A limited number of scholarships for travel expenses will be available. No other fees, honorarium, or expenses will be provided.

We encourage you to share your initiatives with your colleagues, whether you choose a formal workshop, or the more informal poster sessions.

Call Paula Smith at 603-895-1514 ext. 1 if you have questions about this process.