2021 Pennsylvania Rural Policy Summit on Health Care Set for October 20 

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania will hold the 2021 Rural Policy Summit: Health Care on October 20 at 9 a.m. This is the third summit in the series.

“Health care access and availability in rural Pennsylvania are long-standing concerns among providers and consumers,” said Dr. Kyle C. Kopko, Director of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. “This Rural Policy Summit will be a virtual, roundtable discussion on the successes achieved and the challenges faced by rural health care facilities and programs over the years. Leaders and experts representing various rural populations and health care providers will share insights that can help inform policy and best practices on expanding access and availability.”

The summit panelists are: Thomas Kurtz, President and CEO of Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center at Windber; Dr. Omrana Pasha-Razzak, Professor of Medicine and Public Health Sciences and Attending Physician, Division of Hospital Medicine at Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine; Joanne Corte Grossi, AARP Pennsylvania State President; and Steven Ross, Special Assistant to the Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs.

The series is being cohosted by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, Pennsylvania Rural Development Council, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, Pennsylvania Downtown Center, and Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank’s Community Development and Regional Outreach Department.

The Rural Policy Summit will be held via Zoom webinar. Attendees are asked to please register in advance at https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0v4Q7sjIQyifFINVHREH_w.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania is a bipartisan, bicameral legislative agency that serves as a resource for rural policy within the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The Center works with the legislature, educators, state and federal executive branch agencies, and national, statewide, regional and local organizations to maximize resources and strategies that can better serve Pennsylvania’s nearly 3.4 million rural residents.