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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM: Registration and Continental Lunch with Exhibitors and Attendees
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM: Welcome and Keynote Address
"Imagine a future where people can ask for help for mental disorders as easily as they seek treatment for a physical illness or injury." Broderick believes that "we have the ability to change the culture and the way mental health is viewed."
Grand Ballroom
John T. Broderick, Jr., Dartmouth-Hitchcock
1:00 PM - 2:45 PM: Federal Updates and Opportunities
Join us for three different avenues to learn from and network with Federal partners. We will start with a facilitated panel discussion and then take a deeper dive with breakout sessions. We will finish with informal roundtable discussions with panelists and representatives from other regional projects that are federally funded.
Grand Ballroom
Marcia Brand, DentaQuest Foundation
Christopher Bersani, HHS/ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Office of Regional Operations (ORO), MA
Rick Hoover, HHS/ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), MA
John McGough, HHS/Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs (IEA), MA
Paul Moore, HHS/ Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), MA
Kathleen Otte, HHS/ Administration for Community Living (ACL), MA
Susan Pezzullo Rhodes, HHS/OCR Office of Civil Rights, MA
Elaine Zimmerman, HHS/ Administration for Children and Families (ACF), MA
Betsy Rosenfeld, HHS/ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH), MA
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM: Keep The Conversation Going
River Room
Grand Ballroom
Grafton Room Summit
Summit Ski Check
2:45 PM - 3:15 PM: Working break and RoundTable Discussions
Coffee and an afternoon snack will be provided.
3:15 PM - 4:15 PM: Breakout Sessions
This session will introduce a new suite of resources highlighting opportunities that improve healthy food access, strengthen local food systems, and contribute to economic development.
Betsy Skoda, Health Care Without Harm, RI
A modern transportation system supports healthy rural communities by integrating physical fitness, reducing air pollution, and enhancing equity and accessibility. This session will explore clean mobility solutions and supporting policies.
Grafton Room Summit
Kathleen Meil, Acadia Center, ME
In this session, members of New England QIN-QIO and their PFAC will explore how they are partnering to enhance quality and spread patient engagement practices across New England.
Pam Quinn, New England QIN-QIO, RI
Karen D'Antonio, New England QIN-QIO, RI
Poppy Arford, Healthcentric Advisors, RI
Workplace environments are recognized as an important determinant of health. This session will discuss worksite wellness in rural settings, provide strategies for rural employers, and present examples from rural workplaces.
Ashwinee Kulkarni, Vermont Department of Health, VT
Bethany Yon, Vermont Department of Health, VT
This workshop seeks to develop strategies for recruiting preceptors to host medical students for their third year of medical school and address preceptors' concerns regarding financial pressure to improve productivity.
Felix Hernandez, EMMC/University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, ME
Frank Bailey, EMMC/University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, ME
Participants will learn about the Project ECHO Northern New England Network, and explore how the ECHO model can address our rural health priorities and support clinicians, practice teams, and communities.
River Room
Lisa Tuttle, Maine Quality Counts/Project ECHO NNE Network, ME
Danielle Louder, Northeast Telehealth Resource Center/MCD, ME
4:20 PM - 5:20 PM: Breakout Sessions
Monadnock Community Hospital (MCH) has created a system that integrates both behavioral health and oral health within the primary care setting. This has proven to be highly effective and successful.
Louise Danforth, Monadnock Community Hospital, NH
Louise Danforth
This discussion will explore activities in two areas: raising awareness of dental careers among high school students and educating current dental team members to increase workforce capacity.
Grafton Room Summit
Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, Rhode Island Department of Health, RI
Sadie DeCourcy, Rhode Island Department of Health, RI
This presentation will introduce the Rx for School Success program: the comprehensive, holistic screening tool used to identify school-aged children at risk, and the coaching intervention model.
Leslie Williamson, Center for School Success, NH
Doug Williamson, Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, NH
Participants will learn about one rural hospital service area's challenges and success using Collective Impact, the Accountable Health Community Model and Results-Based Accountability, Leadership and Facilitation to make change.
Kari White, Northern Counties Health Care, Inc., VT
The Maine Lung Cancer Coalition Prevention Core used Community Health Workers to implement a social marketing process to engage rural, low income residents in lung cancer risk reduction actions.
Summit Ski Check
Anne Conners, MaineGeneral Medical Center, ME
Trisha Ware, MaineGeneral Medical Center, ME
Come discuss Chronic Care & Complex Chronic Care Management, and the billable actions for them. We will learn benefits, workflow, coding, documentation, reimbursement, and services billed in conjunction with CCM.
Susan Whittaker, Healthcentric Advisors, ME
In this session participants will gain a better understanding of how emotional intelligence impacts their healthcare teams and see how their listening skills measure up.
Grand Ballroom
Frank Bailey, EMMC/UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine, ME
Katie Petersen, EMMC/UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine, ME
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM: Dinner Reception
Dinner Reception
Thursday, November 8th, 2018
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors and Poster Presenters
Registration and Breakfast with Exhibitors and Poster Presenters
8:00 AM - 8:25 AM: Annual Membership Meeting
Join members of the Board of Directors who will provide important updates on areas of focus for the organization as well as recognize new and outgoing members of the board.
Grand Ballroom
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM: Morning Keynote Address
9:35 AM - 10:30 AM: Breakout Sessions
Results of Qualitative and Quantitative Research in the Northeast (predominately two counties) around currently practicing healthcare workers' attitudes toward people in poverty.
Avril Cochran, North Country Hospital, VT
Silver Diamine Fluoride is the "hot" technique in the dental world for treating active dental caries. This learning lab will give background and implementation tips on administering the treatment.
Grafton Room Summit
Rachel King, University of New England College of Dental Medicine, ME
Tara Prasad, Thundermist Health Center, RI
Milton Liu, Blackstone Valley Community Care, RI
Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, RI Department of Health, RI
Despite the ongoing evolution of Behavioral Health, we remain in the infancy of breaking through long held stigmas as we seek to make Wholeness and Wellness a true priority for all.
John Goodman, United Services Inc., CT
Emily Morrison, United Services, Inc., CT
Increasing quit attempts by rural pregnant moms through 1) non-judgmental materials designed with moms, 2) use of evidence-based treatment 3) statewide Virtual Network. The process and materials developed are shared.
Joanne Joy, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, ME
Christine Canty Brooks, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, ME
This presentation will present an overview of the Rhode Island Mission of Mercy free dental clinic and how it relates to advocacy efforts in our state.
Summit Ski Check
Jeffrey Dodge, Rhode Island Oral Health Foundation, RI
We will present results from surveys and focus groups of Veterans and primary care practices in VT and NH to demonstrate the strengths and opportunities to improve care for Veterans.
Don Kollisch, White River Junction VA Medical Center, VT
Troi Perkins, Dartmouth CO-OP PBRN
Using a patient wellness kit to promote antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient setting resulting in fewer antibiotic prescription requests and increasing patient satisfaction.
River Room
Amanda Gagnon, Healthcentric Advisors, ME
Francis Kissi, Qualidigm, CT
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM: Break and Room Check-Out
Break and Room Check-Out
10:50 AM - 11:45 AM: Breakout Sessions
This presentation will address the current chronic pain landscape in rural New Hampshire, CHWs' role in rural communities, and solutions to pain management including CHW support and CPSMP workshops.
Rachel Eichenbaum, Qualidigm, NH
Chad Proulx, Amonoosuc Community Health Center, NH
Downeast Maine is amazingly beautiful -- it is also a region of extreme disparities. Since 2010, Caring Hands of Maine has been improving oral health here through a creative approach.
Grafton Room Summit
Timothy Oh, Caring Hands of Maine, ME
This session will share lessons learned from a Quality Improvement initiative aimed to improve cross-provider communication and access to dental care for Maine's rural women and children.
Cori Holt, Before The First Tooth/MaineHealth, ME
We intend to generate a discussion on the local public health workforce, especially in rural communities, and discuss how Massachusetts is addressing such challenges, including workforce development, recruitment and training.
Erica Piedade, Department of Public Health, MA
Laura Kittross, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission, MA
E-cigarettes were originally marketed as a smoking cessation tool. Unfortunately, they have become frighteningly popular among adolescents. Learn about the products, dangers and public health response to this dangerous trend.
Summit Ski Check
Laurie Warnock, Northern New England Poison Center, NH
RHCs sought to test the hypothesis that enrolling patients in Diabetes Self-Management Education improves diabetes control. Insights into improving care, building a team and implications for health policy.
Marcy Doyle, New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative, NH
Rebecca Daniels, Rowe Health Center
Emily Beaulieu, Saco River Medical Group
A presentation and discussion of work done in several states, within the NRHA, and recently by a work group in Maine to define and guide the development of fundamental services.
River Room
Jonathan Sprague, Rocky Coast Consulting, ME
11:50 AM - 1:20 PM: Networking Lunch & Final Time to Visit with Exhibitors
Networking Lunch & Final Time to Visit with Exhibitors
1:35 PM - 2:30 PM: Breakout Sessions
An overview of Hilltown Community Health Centers' strategies at the patient, community, and systems levels for working with an aging population in a rural community.
Kim Jaszlics Savery, Hilltown Community Health Centers, MA
The Communities of Care project is preventing deaths by suicide in Maine by increasing access to suicide-safer care through comprehensive policy and systems change and web-based workforce development.
Grafton Room Summit
Robin Hetzler, MPH, Maine CDC, ME
Sheila Nelson, MPH, MSW, Maine CDC, ME
ACHS has integrated behavioral health services in local K-12 schools in an effort to normalize and ease the access to behavioral health service for students. students see us as coaches.
Stephen Noyes, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc., NH
Jill Kimball, Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, Inc., NH
What can we learn about increasing substance use treatment access in rural areas from Penobscot County Maine's planning work?
Natalie Truesdell, John Snow Inc., MA
Ann Keehn, John Snow Inc., MA
Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Farm Health Safety Coalition, and Lamoille County Farm Safety collaborate to create a system to improve coordination of preventative health for women working in agriculture.
Summit Ski Check
Sally Kerschner, Vermont Department of Health, VT
Margaret Robinson, Vermont Department of Health, VT
The Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging has developed a unique model to implement geriatric best practices in rural primary care.
Timothy Hesselton, Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, NH
How highly qualified foreign workers can be used to perform critical and difficult to fill healthcare job opportunities.
River Room
Peter Landis, Landis Arn & Jaynes P. A., ME
Nicole Breton, Maine Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, ME
Mary Kay Moreau, The Aroostook Medical Center, ME
2:35 PM - 3:30 PM: Breakout Sessions
The Maine Shared Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is a community health collaborative like no other in the nation. Our shared mission is to promote data-driven health improvements in Maine.
Joanna Morrissey, MaineHealth, ME
Nancy Birkhimer, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, ME
This session will explore the creation and implementation of a medication assisted treatment (MAT) program in a primary care setting.
Erin McNeely, Alice Peck Day Hospital, NH
Brian Lombardo, Alice Peck Day Hospital, NH
Social isolation negatively impacts health. Deliberative Dialogue allows productive conversation about challenges to gain understanding. We will share a customizable Social Isolation Issue Brief for encouraging community engagement and action.
Rudy Fedrizzi, NH Citizens Health Initiative, NH
We are a Bridge: using stakeholder engagement to bridge gaps between dementia support services and elders on Martha's Vineyard via qualitative data amassed from interviews.
Maegan Pollard, UMass Medical School, MA
Jesse Loughlin, UMass Medical School, MA
This presentation will explore three models for remote pharmacist services. Each case study will explore the clinical and financial advantages to layering remote pharmacy services into the staffing model.
River Room
Matthew Maughan, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, NH
Friday, November 9th, 2018
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM: Post Conference Event - Rural Health Clinic Summit
To learn more about this pre-conference event please visit our website.

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