Call for Proposals

Submission Period Closed

Breakout session proposals for the 2014 Minnesota Rural Health Conference are no longer being accepted.



2014 Minnesota Rural Health Conference

June 23-24, 2014
Duluth, MN

Sponsored by

  • Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
  • Minnesota Rural Health Association
  • National Rural Health Resource Center

Conference success depends on the excellent presentations people give about their work in rural Minnesota. Please consider applying to present a breakout session this year. Proposals must be submitted electronically. 

The first day of the Conference focuses on Critical Access Hospitals and their communities. The second day takes a broader look at rural health in Minnesota.

Conference Theme: Weaving the Threads of Rural Health

Conference focus areas and suggested breakout session topics to address them are listed in the table below. Proposals explicitly related to state and federal health reform trends and provisions will be given preference.

Minnesota Promising PracticesTools & ResourcesOperational EffectivenessCollaborations & PartnershipsPatient Access & Engagement

Community Engagement/Population Health

State Innovation Model (SIM) - Minnesota Accountable Health Model

ACOs (including Medicaid ACOs/Health Care Delivery System Demonstration Pilots)


Mental/Behavioral Health

Quality Improvement

Rural Health Professions Education

Long-tem Care

Aging Population

Evidenced-based Practices for Care Coordination

Health Care Homes

Behavioral and Primary Care Integration

Medication-assisted Rehabilitation 

Health Information Technology

Community Health Needs Assessments

Data/Business Analytics


Performance Improvement Strategies

Population Health Data

Economic Impact Assessments

Marketing Planning

Grant Writing

Documenting Outcomes and Impact


State Resources

New Staffing Models

Change to Value-based Care


Quality Reporting


Violence Prevention for Healthcare Staff

Rural Toolkits


Demonstration of Value/Return on Investment


Change from Volume to Value-based Care

Financial Improvement Strategies

HIT, Data Reporting

Long-term Care Strategies

Succession Planning

Aging Workforce

Customer Satisfaction


Change Management

Cultural Changes

Team-based Approaches to Care

Health Care Homes

Emerging Professions (e.g., Community Health Workers, Community Paramedics, Dental Therapists, Clinical Pharmacists, Doulas)

Community Engagement/Population Health

Networking, Shared Workforce

Collaboration between Public Health and Health Care Organizations

Physician Engagement, Health Care Teams

Primary Care Staffing Changes

Mental/Behavioral Health

Meeting the Needs of an Aging Population

Social Services

Partnerships, Affiliations & Integrations

Accountable Community Health

Veteran's Services

Area Health Education Centers (AHECs)

Patient Engagement


Community and Population Health

Health Care Homes



Health Insurance Exchange (MNsure)

Recruiting & Retaining Health Professionals

Increasingly Diverse Patient Populations

Recruiting & Engaging Volunteers (EMS, Hospice, etc.)

OB Access

Shared Decision Making

Advanced Directives

Health Equity

Veterans Health


Selection/Recruitment Guidelines

Sessions are 60 minutes in length. Sessions may be individual presentations, panel discussions (limit three panel members per session), skill-building workshops, facilitated discussions or demonstrations (including technology). We encourage formats that provide active audience participation. Presentations that include a rural health care provider or a person working at a rural facility are preferred. In addition, priority will be given to proposals that:

  • Address at least one of the focus areas.
  • Can be effectively covered in the time provided.
  • Suggest an engaging session for conference participants.
  • Are received by February 12, 2014, 4:00pm Central Time.

Additional Considerations

The planning committee will develop a conference program that is balanced according to:

  • Session content - roughly equal number of sessions on each of the five topic areas.
  • Geography - to the extent possible, presenters will come from all regions of the state.
  • Session format - a variety of presentation formats.

Presenters should:

  • Expect to register and pay a reduced conference fee.
  • Email all PowerPoint presentations and session handouts no later than two weeks prior to the conference. Presentations will be posted on the conference website.
  • Provide printed handouts to session participants (optional).

Target Audiences

  • Rural hospital, long-term care, behavioral health, rural health clinic and community-based service administrators, staff and volunteers
  • Rural health professionals, including physicians, nurses, physician assistants, allied health professionals and educators
  • Rural dentists and pharmacists
  • Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC) members
  • Rural Hospital Flexibility Committee (FLEX) members
  • Elected and appointed officials including county commissioners and state legislators
  • Federal, state and local government public health staff
  • Policy analysts, researchers and students interested in rural health issues
  • Health plan representatives
  • Community leaders and activists
  • Rural health care consumers
  • Health professions students
  • Other partners in rural health.


If you have questions that have not been answered already, please contact Kim Nordin at 218-727-9390 Ext. 237 or

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