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Power of Rural: Forward Together

Register for the 2022 Virtual Healthcare Conference!

May 12 & 13 and May 16 & 17 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm each morning

  • Address rural health challenges through innovative research

  • Share information on Wyoming's rural healthcare landscape

  • Interact with healthcare professionals around the state

  • Learn about topics impacting Wyoming

The Power of Rural Virtual Healthcare Conference is organized and sponsored by the Wyoming Primary Care Association, the Equality State Research Network, and the Wyoming Department of Health, Office of Rural Health.

Tickets are $50 for all four mornings of the conference. Register by May 5 to receive your POR 2022 welcome package.

Become a sponsor! - Sponsorship information and instructions on how to sign up (PDF).

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Schedule is subject to change.



Thursday, May 12

9:00 - 10:20: Keynote - Johnny Quinn, U.S. Olympian

10:30 - 11:10: Concurrent

Developing Rural Hospital-Based Systems of Behavioral Healthcare, John A. Gale, MS

Creating and Sustaining and Organizational Culture of Wellness, Helen Rhea Vernier, MSc, Training Specialist

11:20 - 12:00: Concurrent

Inclusive Music Education: Incorporating Multi-sensory Strategies and Adaptive Technologies, Lauren Hulit; Crystal Sieger, PhD

Human Trafficking in Wyoming, Terri Markham, Co-Founder/ Executive Director, Uprising; Cara Chambers, Executive Director, Wyoming Division of Victim Services; Ashleigh Chapman, Founder/CEO, Justice U and Engage Together

Friday, May 13

9:00 - 10:00: Federal Region 8 Substance Use Disorder Resources to Increase Access to Care, Christina Mead, PharmD, HRSA; Dr. Charles Smith, SAMSHA; Laurie Konsella, OASH

10:10 - 10:55: Concurrent

The Current Landscape of Gender-Affirming Healthcare Access in Rural Wyoming, Tess M. Kilwein, PhD

Ambulance Deserts: Addressing Geographic Disparities in the Provision of Ambulance Services, Carly Milkowski, MPH; Zach Croll, MPH; Karen Pearson MLIS, MA

11:05 - 12:00: Concurrent

Your Heart Matters: Managing Dyslipidemia and Cardiovascular Risk, Dr. Thomas Repas, DO

It's Only Skin Deep: Penicillin Allergy Assessment and Skin Testing in Rural Settings, Leena Myran, PharmD, BCPS; Lauren R. Biehle, PharmD, BCPS, BCIDP


Monday, May 16

9:00 - 10:00: Telehealth Implementation Playbook: How to Start and Sustain Your Practice, Andrea Shipley, MPA

10:10 - 10:55: Concurrent

Innovative Partnership for Cancer Screening to Community Health Center Patients, Davis Blanton, MD, Jane Harris

Telehealth and Virtual Care After the Pandemic, Martie Ross, JD

11:05 - 12:00: Concurrent

How Federal Policy is Driving Rural Health Care Towards New Models of Payment and Delivery, John T. Supplitt, MPA, MBA

Building Healthcare Worker Resiliency in Challenging Times, Kim Patton, PsyD

Tuesday, May 17

9:00 - 10:00: The Future of Frontier and Small Rural Hospitals - Policy and Strategy Options, John A. Gale, MS

10:10 - 10:55: Concurrent

Rocky Mountain Network for Oral Health: Integrating Preventive Oral Health Services in to Medical Visits in WY, MT, AZ and CO, Patricia Braun, MD, MPH

Using Health Information Technologies to Ease Staff Burden and Reduce Health Inequities in Rural and Frontier Areas, Melissa Yack Hall, PhD

11:00 - 12:00: Closing Key Note - Alan Morgan, MPA - Chief Executive Officer for the National Rural Health Association


We would like to invite you and your students to attend the upcoming Power of Rural Health Conference. The virtual conference will be held May 12 & 13 and May 16 & 17 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. each day. The conference is being partially supported and organized by the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities and the Equality State Research Network. Because of this, there is an opportunity for UW faculty and students to attend the virtual conference at no cost.

The conference will address a wide variety of topics on the landscape of Wyoming healthcare and allow for participants to interact with professionals across the state on topics impacting Wyoming.

In order to attend for free, visit the Equality State Research Network website at for information about ESRN and Power of Rural conference, and then email us at for access to the conference.

Please feel free to share this opportunity with any colleagues or students who may be interested. The conference site is here:

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