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2023 KRHA Annual Conference Request for Posters -

KRHA and the UK CERH are now accepting poster proposals for the 2023 annual conference. The conference will be held November 16 & 17 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, KY.

Abstract submissions are due on September 15, 2023, by 5 pm (EST). Presenters will be notified by October 9, 2023, if their proposal is accepted.

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2023 KRHA Annual Conference Request for presentations:  CLOSED

Call for Presentations

KRHA 2023 Conference

 November 16 & 17, 2023,

Sloan Convention Center

Bowling Green, KY

Dear Colleagues,

The Kentucky Rural Health Association invites you to submit a proposal for concurrent sessions (panel, individual or group) for the Annual Conference scheduled for November 16 & 17, 2023 at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, KY.

The goals of the conference are:

·       Provide an overview of the state of rural health in Kentucky and inform participants of current efforts to improve rural health services.

·       Provide a forum for participants to interact in order to gain a better understanding of the impact of various programs/organizations on rural health.

·       Educate participants on how to become more skilled advocates for rural health, at the local, regional and state levels.


1.      Submissions must follow the directions for the proposed category and must be complete. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

2.      If you want to submit the same topic in more than one type of presentation (panel, individual or group) include a separate, full submission for each category.

3.      The proposal submission will also serve as a presenter agreement form in order for Southern Kentucky AHEC to apply for Continuing Medical Education Credit.

4.      Make sure to also attach curriculum vitae or resume and a disclosure form for each presenter/ author with proposal.

5.      Presenters may not use any conference presentation to market products of services; exhibit space is available for that purpose.

6.      Presentations will be divided into similar topic tracks. Suggested topic areas to consider 

  • ·       Workforce
  • ·       Access to healthcare
  • ·       Life Expectancy
  • ·       HEC Support
  • ·       Successful community interventions/programs that are making a difference in our rural communities
  • ·       Can or does technology become a solution (telehealth/RPM/RTM) 
  • ·       Mental Health/Behavioral Health 
  • ·       Chronic Disease Management 
  • ·       Healthcare in a disaster
  • ·       The Future - post-PHE
  • ·       Innovative Programs


·       Panel Presentation

A panel presentation is a thematic, interactive, and structured conversation between a panel of presenters and the program participants. Panels feature members presenting their ideas on a usability concept, philosophy, design, professional experience, or other relevant topic. Panels are limited to 4 participants to allow ample time for discussion.

Length of session: 1 hour.

·       Individual Presentation

An individual presentation pertaining to a rural health theme and can be based on one’s own research and findings; reporting on innovative program(s) or other relevant rural health topic or program.

Length of session: 1 hour

·       Group Presentation

A collaborative presentation between individuals or groups on a rural health subject or theme researched by the presenters.

Length of session: 1 hour

Submit Presentation Proposals by:  April 17, 2023 - If your presentation is accepted, you will be notified by June 30, 2023.  Submit proposals by emailing to Anna Jones,

For further information or questions, please contact:  Anna Jones at

A separate call for poster presentations will be released soon.



2022 Kentucky Rural Health Association Annual Conference Presentations:

KEYNOTE: A Resilient Mind- John Jennings


A View from the Hill Rural Health Policy Updates -Carrie Cochran, NRHA

Kentucky Opioid Community Healing- Alicia Bowman

Cancer Rehab Across KY- Audrey Stockwell

Engaging Rural High School Students in a New Program that Meets the Needs of Individuals with Disabilities- Frances Feltner

From Addition to the Front Line- Jessica Winchester 

How to Use Digital Channels to Reach Underserved Populations- Colin Jeffries

Immunization Outreach Website and Toolkits- Patricia Ellis

Innovative Pharmacy Solutions for Whole-Person Behavioral Health Care- Jill Rhodes

Recovery Ecosystem Index-Andrew Howard

Vaccinate with Confidence- Amy Herrington

KHAMP Presentation- Allison Hobbs, Tracy Gowan

State Legislative Update- Teresa Cooper, Ashley Gibson

Baptist Health Rural Health Clinic Addresses the Social Determinants of Health by Ultilizing a Mobile Healthcare Clinic - Candace Mansfield, Sara Stringfield 

The 2022 KRHA Poster Session hosted by the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, showcased a diverse array of research projects and programs related to rural health. Poster topics included:

  • Passing Policy in Appalachia: A Look into Smoke-Free Policy Work in Eastern Kentucky
  • We Got Through It Together: The Impact of Telehealth During COVID on Hepatitis C Treatment in Complex and Rural Patients at Academic Medical Center
  • Crossroad of Inpatient and Outpatient Care: Identifying and Caring for Patients with Hepatitis C While Inpatient for Endocarditis Treatment at an Academic Medical Center
  • Expanding the Web of Hepatitis C Treatment Uptake Across an Academic Medical Center
  • Assessing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, And Depression In Caregivers Of Children With Sickle Cell Disease
  • Recommendations for Evaluation and “Rule Out” of Suspected Cases of Pulmonary M.tb in Kentucky
  • The Odds are Stacked Against Them: Use of Medication-Assisted Therapy in the Recovery Process
  • An Innovative Approach to Conducting a Community Health Assessment Using Real-Time Data to Make Informed Decisions to Tackle Today’s Health Issues in a Rural Western Kentucky County
  • Lessons Learned from Medical Teams During Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief

    Dan Martin Award

    Recognizing dedication to rural health


    In June of 2003, the Kentucky Rural Health Association began a new tradition.  At the organization’s annual conference, it announced the first recipient of an award honoring a lifetime contribution to rural health in Kentucky; this recipient was Dr. Dan Martin of the Trover Foundation in Madisonville.  The annual award now bears his name and is given each year to an individual who has provided many years of service to rural Kentuckians.  The individual’s contributions might be in areas of direct patient care, health professions education, health administration, health promotion or public advocacy. 


    • 2020 - Ernie Scott
    • 2019 - Susan Jones
    • 2018 - Dr. Mary Jane Humkey
    • 2017 - Loretta Maldaner
    • 2016 - Fran Feltner
    • 2015 – Joseph E. Smith
    • 2014  - Dr. James Norton
    • 2013 -  Dr. Steve Davis
    • 2012 – Susan Starling
    • 2011 – Dr. Baretta Casey
    • 2010 – Bob Brooks
    • 2009 – Dr. Carroll Brooks
    • 2008 – Dr. Emery A. Wilson
    • 2007 – David Bolt
    • 2006 – Dr. O.A. Cull
    • 2005 – George E. Walz
    • 2004 – Dr. Rice Leach
    • 2003 – Dr. Dan Martin

    Click here: Dan Martin Award For Lifetime  Contribution to Rural Health in Kentucky to nominate a deserving individual

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