Illinois Rural Health Association annual Conference

May 19, 2014
Contact: Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director

Illinois Rural Health Association Hosts 25th Annual Conference “Simply the Best”

EFFINGHAM, IL – The Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) will host its 25th Annual Educational Conference August 14-15th at the Keller Convention Center in Effingham, IL. The conference is an opportunity for rural healthcare professionals to advance their skills through continuing education and professional development.

Educational workshops will be conducted by rural health experts and will be geared towards mental health providers, public health departments, rural health clinics and hospitals.   General Sessions will cover “Medicaid Managed Care Expansion”; “and “Federal Update on Rural Health Issues” from Brock Slabach from the National Rural Health Association.   Attendees will have plenty of workshops to select from the 15 that will be offered over the two day period on topics ranging from veteran’s mental health to telehealth.

In conjunction with IRHA’s 25th Anniversary, there is a 1980s themed award banquet on Thursday evening honoring those in the health care field which have made great strides to improve access to rural health care. Sponsorship and networking opportunities are also available for organizations and businesses which would like to have booth space at the conference and gain exposure to the rural health community.  All participants are also invited to attend a Pre-Conference Welcoming Reception on Wednesday evening sponsored by Principal Financial Group.

Exhibit space starts at $400 for non-profit venders.  Conference registration is $160 for IRHA members and $210 for non-Members and $50 for students.  Student scholarships are available which will cover hotel accommodations, registration fees, and travel.  For more information and a complete detailed brochure go to or call Margaret Vaughn at 217-280-0206.

First organized in 1989, the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) is a collaborative association of medical schools, hospitals, health clinics, health departments, practitioners, consumers and public officials, whose mission is to strengthen health systems for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking and leadership.

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