2020 Annual Conference
  September 14 -17, 2020
 Connecting to the New Rural Landscape 

  • We enjoyed seeing all of you seeing all of you virtually! 
  • PowerPoint Presentations are available below!
2020 Conference Themes with PowerPoint Presentations:

  • Day 1 ~ Telehealth: Trial by fire
    Morning Session

    We heard from technical assistance experts as well as from a number of organizations who have used Telehealth to deliver services in new ways:
    Andrew Solomon, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center
    Jim Racht and Wayne Teris, Care Compass Network ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Mitch Larson, TelePharm ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Henry Knoop, Bassett Healthcare Network
    Judy Traynor and Bambi Carkey, Upstate Medical University ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Casey Castner, Finger Lakes Community Health ~ PowerPoint Presentation
  • Day 2 ~ Equity, Diversity and Inclusion as Determinants of Health
    Morning Session

    We heard from experts about their organizations’ approach to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
    Mary Maruscak and Emma Nalin, Rural Health Network SCNY, Inc. ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Marguerite Urban, University of Rochester
    Sabrina Herlick, Alliance for Positive Health
    Allison Roselle, North Country Prenatal/Perinatal Council ~ PowerPoint Presentation
  • Day 3 ~ Sustainability of Rural Service Systems
    Morning Session

    Expert panelists discussed the impact of the Covid pandemic on current healthcare and and affiliated systems and the likely lasting changes that will occur as a result…the so-called “new normal”. The speakers discussed rural healthcare through the lenses of the national perspective, and in New York State from the perspectives of hospital systems, long term care providers and behavioral health providers. What systemic changes might we expect through either public policy and/or organic reforms generated by the patient and provider communities? And by the way…there is a national election in 48 days. What does it all mean?
    Barry Brogan, North Country Behavioral Healthcare Network & NYSARH Policy Committee Chair (Moderator)
    Karen Roach, Healthcare Association of New York State
    Meggan Schilkie, Health Management Associates ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Karen Lipson, Leading Age NY
    James Button, Citizen Advocates

    Digital Poster Session
    Gretchen Goble and Bailey O’Donnell, Medical Student, Upstate Medical University ~ Poster Presentation
    Sarah Wong and Radhika Rawani, Physician Assistant Students, Clarkson University ~ Poster Presentation
    Soniya Singh, Student, Shaker High School ~ Poster Presentation ~ Poster Presentation
    Kendall Johnson, Physician Assistant Student, Clarkson University ~ Poster Presentation
    Mara Mihailescu, Student, University of Ottawa ~ Poster Presentation

    Afternoon Session
    Foundational Business Practices: Creating a Strong Financial Infrastructure to Support Business Sustainability and the Management of Diverse Funding Sources
    This session provided conference participants with a brief overview of key concepts to develop and sustain the efficient and effective management of your organization’s finances and diverse funding sources.
    ~ PowerPoint Presentation ~
    Tony Sanfilippo, CBO Consortium of Upstate NY
    Tricia Williams, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
    David Wawrzynek, Coordinated Care Services, Inc.

  • Day 4 ~ Rural Resilience and Innovation: Learning from COVID Responses
    Morning Session

    We heard short presentations from a number of rural change-makers from all sectors as they described innovative ways that they have met COVID-19 related challenges.
    Douglas Bohl, Clarkson University
    Richard Fleet, Université Laval
    Eyal Kedar, St. Lawrence Health System
    Carly Lovelett, St. Lawrence Health System
    Steven Kelley, Ellenville Regional Hospital ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Olivia Catalano, Finger Lakes Community Health ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Julie Vieth, Canton Potsdam Hospital
    Jess Ames, Angel Flight East ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Kate Hill, The Compliance Team, Inc. ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Dr. Shari Weiss, Cayuga Community Health Network ~ PowerPoint Presentation
    Mark Deavers, Congress of Mobile Medical Professionals ~ PowerPoint Presentation
The 2020 Conference Sponsors were:

Silver Sponsor ($4,000)
Federally Qualified Health Centers:

  • North Country Family Health Center
  • ConnextCare
  • Finger Lakes Community Health
  • Family Health Network
  • Community Health Center of the North Country
  • Tri County Family Medicine
  • The Chautauqua Center
  • Neighborhood Health Center of WNY
  • Oak Orchard Health
  • East Hill Family Medical
  • Hudson Headwaters Health Network
  • Universal Primary Care
  • Community Health Center of Buffalo
  • Trillium Health

Bronze Sponsor ($3,000)

  • AARP, NY

Session Sponsors ($1,000)

  • Adirondack Health

  • HealtheConnections

  • Northeast Telehealth Resource Center