2016 Conference Presentations

Day One

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016


Harbor Hotel, Clayton, New York

Healthy Start Breakfast

Welcome & Housekeeping


Rural Health:  Fighting the Oxymoron

Ann Monroe, President

Health Foundation for Western and Central New York


We are moving in a direction that can result in the two words “rural” and “health” being opposites rather than a single idea.  How can we hold them together in a world of fewer resources, shifts in demographics and social attitudes?  Where are we, how did we get here and how do we move forward together?

Ann F. Monroe has served as president of the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York since it began operation in 2003. With more than 40 years of experience in health and human services, Ann has held leadership positions in both the public and private sector in the fields of mental health, community health, managed care and philanthropy.


Plenary Session

The Lay of the Land: A National Perspective on Rural Health Policy and Resources

Kristine Sande, Associate Director, Center for Rural Health

National rural health overview, including history, trends, policy concerns, and the transformation of the healthcare system. Learn how to find resources for rural health such as funding opportunities, research, evidence-based toolkits, model programs, innovations, and more.

Annual Meeting

Awards Luncheon

Concurrent Session 1

Track 1: Weathering the Rural Health Storm

Mobility Management- Paving the Way for Improved Access


John Reel, NYSDOT Intermodal Transportation Specialist, NYS Department of Transportation


Transportation is an important social determinant of health in rural communities. Reliable transportation can be a lifeline for accessing needed medical care and well-coordinated healthcare. Learn how New York State is overcoming transportation roadblocks via successful Mobility Management Programs.

Track 2: Charting the Course for Integration of Health

Using a TEAM Approach to Chart the Course for Improving Outcomes in Rural Community Health Centers


Terry Yonker, RN, MS, FNP-BC- Telemedicine Clinical Care Coordinator; Finger Lakes Community Health


TEAM stands for Technology Enhanced Access that Matters. This session will explore how tele-health can be utilized to improve access to quality medical, dental, and behavioral health care. Case studies will be used to demonstrate a care model that uses health technology to improve outcomes.

Track 3: All Hands on Deck

Preventing Suicide in Rural NYS


Pat Breux, BSN

Coordinator of School and Youth Initiatives at the Suicide Prevention Center of New York

Nancy Balbick,  LCSW-R

Director for Community Services, Wyoming County


Suicide is a leading public health concern, with rural communities experiencing deaths twice our state rate. This session offers insight into the NYS suicide prevention plan including initiatives to address this disparity. Exemplary efforts of one western NY community are highlighted.

Track 4: Vessels for Sustainment

Finding Health and Disability Data from American Community Survey


David Kraiker, Data Dissemination Specialist

Census Bureau


This workshop focuses on learning how to use American Factfinder, understanding basic Census concepts, then finding tables that are particular to health insurance and disabilities. Time permitting, instructor will also show how to map your area of interest with the data you select.


Policy Forum

Opioid and Heroin: A Public Health Crisis

Steven L. Kelley, FACHE

Ellenville Regional Hospital

Robert Kent, General Counsel


Narelle Ellendon

New York State AIDS Institute

Networking Reception

Cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres Boat Cruise on St. Lawrence River. Preregistration and payment of $10 is required at registration (one drink ticket included)

Dinner on your own

Day 2

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Networking Event (Walk/Run)

Meet in Lobby

Registration (open all day)

Networking Breakfast

Project Echo

Marguerite Urban, University of Rochester

Medical Director of the NYS AIDS Institutte STD Center of Excellence

Concurrent Session 2

Track 1: Weathering the Rural Health Storm

Facilitating Change: Transforming Healthcare in a Rural Community


Erika Flint, DSRIP Director, North Country Initiative

Ian Grant, Population Health Program Manager, FDRHPO


The northern New York region faces high rates of preventable diseases and grim access to care challenges. This session leads the audience through an approach to healthcare transformation, driven by health disparities and the needs of vulnerable populations.

Track 2: Charting the Course for Integration of Health

Critical Supports for Rural Physicians Practice Integration Success


Dr. Steven Lyndaker, Medical Director

Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization

Dr. Shereen Palmer, Private Provider

Lowville Medical Associates


A Rural Primary Care Practice Physician Team will share their experiences and insights on building an integrated care practice in Rural Lewis County. This will include specific examples of how rural health networks and other community organizations can provide value to physician practices.

Track 3: All Hands on Deck

Building the Health Care Workforce for the Future


Brian Coleman, Rural Health Network Coordinator

Rural Health Network of Oswego County/Oswego County Opportunities

Tracy Leonard, Workforce Lead

North Country Initiative

The ability to recruit and retain an adequate supply of healthcare professionals in rural communities is a critical health care priority widely recognized among providers and community members. This session will focus on concrete steps taken by two rural health networks to build medical staff capacity and address challenges related to health professional shortages. Highlights include the implementation of rural immersion and pipeline programs to increase awareness, knowledge and career pursuit in healthcare, collaboration with institutions of higher education, as well as strategies and promising models to foster growth, development and competency in healthcare careers to support rural, underserved communities.

Track 4: Vessels for Sustainment

Shared Governance-Shared Voices-Shared Outcomes


Linda McClarigan, CNO

Adirondack Medical Center- Adirondack Health


Implementing Shared Governance in the rural setting provides a structural model to help the nursing community work collaboratively with leadership, giving them an equal voice in decision making processes. Empowering nurses to take the lead and control their nursing practice and outcomes of care.

Check Out Break

Plenary: Cultural Competencies and Best Practices Working with LGBTQ Individuals

Derek Villnave, The Q Center, ACR Health

Marguerite Urban, University of Rochester

Medical Director of the NYS AIDS Institutte STD Center of Excellence

Karen Teelin, MD, MSEd, FAAP SUNY Upstate Medical University, Galisano Children’s Hospital

This session will feature a panel discussing the needs of the LGBT population for culturally competent health services that can improve access and quality of care for this significantly underserved group. Research shows that health outcomes for LGBT patients are poorer than the general population, partly because lack of culturally-competent care can block access to LGBT patients, and make prevention, diagnoses and treatments for health conditions harder to accomplish, at a time when more and more LGBT patients are self-identifying when they seek care from health providers in all areas of New York State. This session will showcase leaders, programs and trainings for providers who serve LGBT populations….which is all of us! With representatives of the New York State AIDS Institute and LGBT-health-specializing community centers and educators showing what culturally competent health services for LGBT individuals look like. Their presentations will be followed by a panel discussion and questions and answers with the audience.


Don’t miss this singular opportunity to learn more about this critical and timely topic and find out about resources for supporting your own organization’s services to LGBT individuals.

Final Door Prizes & Closing

NYSARH Board of Directors Meeting