Rural health conference April 24 in Sioux Falls

Rural health conference April 24 in Sioux Falls Procuring federal, state, and private funding to keep access to health care in rural South Dakota communities is the focus of the 16th Annual Rural Health Conference: Opening the Window of Opportunity.

The conference will be held April 24, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls, and will address vital health care needs like rural bioterrorism readiness, the impending nursing shortage, and primary health care service delivery.

The National Association of Community Health Centers President and CEO Tom Van Coverden will deliver the keynote speech and National Rural Health Association Executive Director Steve Wilhide will address attendees lunch about making resources work for rural communities.

Other session topics include health professions work force and state and federal loans and scholarships for physicians and nurses, telehealth and technology resources, and financial resources including information on federal grants available for community health projects.

There will also be a session on community opportunities to develop federally funded community health centers (CHCs), which is an initiative of President Bush. The goal of the president's initiative is to increase the health care service delivery through community health center growth.

The conference is open to all health care providers.

, allied health care professionals, administrators, students and residents, and individuals interested in rural health in South Dakota. The conference is sponsored by The University of South Dakota School of Medicine, the South Dakota Department of Health's Office of Rural Health, and the Community HealthCare Association, Inc.

Pre-registration is encouraged and available by calling (605) 357-1508 or by accessing the Web site at The site also contains detailed session and conference information.

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