IL Rural Health Association's

30th Annual Educational Conference

Call for Presenters

August 7-8th, 2019

Hilton Garden Inn - Champaign, Illinois

Deadline March 22nd, 2019

CLICK HERE for electronic submission        

The Illinois Rural Health Association is announcing a “Call for Presentations” for its Annual Educational Conference to be held August 7-8th in Champaign, IL.  Presentations will occur the afternoon of August 7th and from 9:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. on August 8th.

We are planning a dynamic conference sure to spark the interest of administrators of public health departments, rural hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, academic institutions, medical schools as well as clinicians and clinical practices.


Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mental and Behavioral Health Needs in Rural Communities
  • Rural Workforce Development & Recruitment
  • Best Practices: Public Health Departments, Rural Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics
  • Career Advice for Students in Rural Health
  • Coding/Billing
  • Community and Population Health Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Emergency Preparedness Services
  • Grant-Writing Assistance for Rural Communities
  • Quality Improvement Performance Measures
  • Substance Abuse Challenges in Rural Communities
  • Telemedicine in Various Specialties
  • Veteran’s Health Challenges in Rural Settings


  • Academic Researchers
  • Case Coordinators
  • Graduate Students
  • Mental Health Providers
  • Nurses
  • Oral Health Providers
  • Practice Managers
  • Public Health Administrators and Staff
  • Rural Health Clinic Administrators
  • Rural Hospital CEO/Administrator
  • Rural Mid-Level Practitioners
  • Rural Physicians


All sessions will be allotted 45 minutes, and this should include time for questions.

Format Options: Research Presentation, Workshop Session or Panel Discussion* panel discussion will include 2-4 individuals speaking on related topics (e.g., telemedicine projects, integrated care models, oral health in rural hospitals, etc.). 


Acceptance: You will be notified of acceptance in April 2019.  The IRHA reserves the right to combine sessions, make recommendations with respect to presenters, and to contact presenters regarding potential edits. 

If Accepted: Submitting a proposal represents a commitment to develop and deliver a presentation that is informative, relevant and useful.  Accepted presenters who plan to attend the whole conference must register for the conference and will receive the discounted rate of $150, as a small gesture of our appreciation for the hard work in preparing your presentation. Presenters who are only coming for their presentation are invited to stay for one meal and do not have to register. 


Submission deadline is Friday, March 22nd and must be submitted electronically through the Illinois Rural Health Association website  For questions contact Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director at or 217-280-0206. 

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