Re-Inventing a Healthier Rural America

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Healthier Rural America Summit will be held September 15-17, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Summit, produced by A Healthier WE (not-for-profit organization), aims to address many key challenges currently facing rural America by offering an inspiring vision of rural cooperation and leadership in the emerging information and health economies. This unique and highly interactive and participative Summit will draw 500 stakeholders from across the rural health ecosystem. Over the course of two days, participants will listen to inspiring talks, and participate in thought-provoking sessions aimed at re-inventing well-being in rural America.

Re-Imagining A Healthier Rural America: The Five F’s Addressed by the Five P’s

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Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. World Health Organization (1948)
In these times, if “I” is replaced with “WE”, even illness becomes wellness.” We can only work towards a healthier rural America together. Phil Polakoff, MD, Founder/CEO A Healthier WE, Consulting Professor Stanford University School of Medicine

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A Healthier WE (a not-for-profit organization) will produce the National Bipartisan Healthier Rural America Summit which will draw 500 rural healthcare providers, public leaders in local, state and federal government, education, technology, business leaders and community advocacy organizations. During the 2020 Healthier Rural America Summit in Omaha, Nebraska, A Healthier WE will outline a new, evolving, dynamic model of rural health that emphasizes integration, mutualism, and the common good.

The Healthier Rural America Summit will be held September 15-17, 2020 in Omaha, Nebraska

The Summit, produced by A Healthier WE (not-for-profit organization), aims to address many key challenges currently facing rural America by offering an inspiring vision of rural cooperation and leadership in the emerging information and health economies.
This unique and highly interactive and participative Summit will draw 500 stakeholders from across the rural health ecosystem. Over the course of two days, participants will listen to inspiring talks, and participate in thought-provoking sessions aimed at re-inventing well-being in rural America.

Even sessions I didn't think would be relevant to me, truly were. It opened my eyes to thinking about connections and partnerships more broadly. Past Summit Attendee
I enjoyed the focus on action. I attend a lot of more academic meetings/conferences, and it was refreshing to have a continuous focus on how we could use the new information to create solutions. Past Summit Attendee
I liked the diversity of people working on solutions from radically different perspectives. Past Summit Attendee

The Healthier Rural America Summit’s Core Objectives and Key Results are:

1. Assemble civic, faith, healthcare and citizen leadership at the community, county, state, regional and federal level to address current rural health’s critical issues from a 360 degree perspective

2. Present, in an engaging manner, proven best practices and lessons learned in transforming health needs to well-being in rural communities

3. Provide experiential learning by using a presentation format where attendees are given time to conceptualize and visualize how best practices can work in their community

4. Define next steps needed for leaders to achieve their health transformation objectives

5. Highlight a number of positive impact rural health success stories throughout America

One of the most critical and underreported health crises in the United States today is individual and community health and well-being in rural American. Rural health care is deficient everywhere in the United States, where considerations of distance, lack of sufficient number of qualified health providers, culture, economic status, education, and environment pose special challenges.

But poorly nuanced policy, underfunded public health, rising healthcare costs, and disparities in access to care are exacerbating poor health outcomes in rural areas. Increasing poverty, an aging population, antiquated educational approaches, and a rapidly changing environment now pose imminent challenges to the health and wellness in rural America and beyond.

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