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Register for the Coronavirus Preparedness Summit!

Join us at the Coronavirus Preparedness Summit scheduled for June 17-19 in Washington, DC.

The 3-day event will bring together Public health Officials, Emergency Preparedness Leaders, Academia, Education, Business, Public and Private sector Partners.

Delegates will have access to coronavirus experts from around the world to address the issues of continued planning for the possibility of a more severe outbreak of human coronaviruses later this year.

CoV Summit present a clear, easy-to-remember overview of prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. The event includes an all-day hands-on workshop.

To view the agenda, please visit

To register, call me at (703) 466-0011, or download a registration form:

I look forward to speaking with you.  Thank You.


Summit Brochure


All the best,


Tricia Reyes

(703) 466-0011

CoVid-19 Team

Save the Date! 2020 PA Community Alliance Summit!

March 6, 2020

Let’s maximize the power of our allied communities!


2020 PA Community Alliance Summit

The Summit is a day of networking, discovering alliances and collaboration building among diverse organizations throughout Pennsylvania led by and/or supporting underserved/unserved populations who experience marginalization and oppression.

September 16, 2020: 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

September 17, 2020: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey

2020 PA CAS SaveTheDate flyer

This event is supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Council; in part by grant number 1901PASCDD, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201.  Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions.  Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

NCHN 2020 Annual Educational Conference

NCHN is excited to announce that conference registration is now open!

Embassy Suites by Hilton
Minneapolis Dountown
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pre-Conference Workshop – April 21, 2020
Conference – April 21-23, 2020
Welcome Reception – April 21, 2020
Evening Networking Event – April 22, 2020
MLB: Minnesota Twins vs. Seattle Mariners Baseball Game


You can visit the conference website to view the agenda, read speaker bios, explore the hotel and more.

Registration Fee: $595 (NCHN Member) / $695 (Non-Member)
Registration fee includes: Tuesday Night Reception, 2 Lunches; Beverage Breaks; Wednesday Night Networking Event & access to the conference mobile app.

Pre-Conference Grant Writing Workshop Fee:
NCHN Member:$125
Non – Member: $175
Workshop fee includes: Access to the mobile app.


Room Rates:

$179 + tax/ night (single/double)
*Rates are available 3 days pre + post event, subject to availability
*Deadline to reserve your room is March 30, 2020

Please use this event specific link to make your reservations.


Valet Parking: $46/night
After you register, please watch your email for an invitation to download the mobile event app. The app contains information useful prior to arriving in Minneapolis, including weather, transportation, site-seeing & dining.


Register here!


For more information please contact:
Linda K. Weiss at / 217-549-4121

4th Annual Symposium: Translating Research to Innovations in Practice 2020

Penn State College of Nursing and Penn State Hershey Medical Center
May 14, 2020 at the Hershey Country Club in Hershey, PA
The symposium brings together nurse researchers from both academic and clinical settings to focus on the translation of evidence to health care practices. The intended purpose is to include research that provides an understanding of what makes an organization successful in use of evidence-based practice and to provide an opportunity for clinical nurses to network with and share their research with others.

Find the Penn State College of Nursing website here.

Register today for the 20th Anniversary Population Health Colloquium

The Jefferson College of Population Health is excited to announce registration for the Colloquium is now open!


March 30- April 1, 2020

The Colloquium will showcase the groundbreaking work of organizations that are leading health transformation.

Practicing population health is critical to improving access to care, managing rising costs and improving health care quality. Join us as we discuss today’s most pressing challenges and opportunities.

Conference Highlights include:

  • More than 100 healthcare leaders sharing best practices and expert insight
  • 3 Mini Summits, 5 concurrent tracks with 16 individual presentations
  • Announcement of the 2020 Hearst Health Prize
  • Pre-conference session focused on Redesigning Healthcare Delivery
  • Special Tuesday night dinner program featuring venture-backed population health startups
  • Population Health Alliance Forum 2020

Find more information here.

Pennsylvania State Data Center Call for Presentations

The Pennsylvania State Data Center (PaSDC) is seeking presenters for the 2020 Pennsylvania Data User Conference. This year’s event will be held on May 14, 2020, at Penn State Harrisburg. The annual Data User Conference serves as Pennsylvania’s most comprehensive single-day forum for research and developments in demographic data.

The PaSDC Data User Conference seeks to educate its audience on the demographic and socioeconomic research and policies affecting Pennsylvania. Past presentations have focused on research themes (e.g. aging, prison populations, labor force, and rural Pennsylvania); community development (e.g. case studies and community planning); innovations in technology (e.g. database and data visualization software), and other data-related topics.

Sessions at the Conference are non-commercial and vendor-neutral. Under no circumstance should a session be a direct promotion of an organization’s product, service, or monetary self-interest. The emphasis should be on the application of the demographic/socioeconomic data, technology, and other data-related topics.

Submission Details – Team, individual, or panel proposals, which include the proposed topic and a brief description or outline, should be e-mailed to Jennifer Shultz ( by Wednesday, February 26, 2020. All selected presentations will be published in conference publications and on the conference website. The PaSDC will notify all selected speakers by March 4, 2020.

Presentation Rules:
Presentation proposals will be reviewed by the conference planning committee and selections will be made based upon desired topics, flow of content, educational value, and understanding of the content. All selected content will be published in Conference publications and online.

Agenda Schedule – The conference organizers will set the day and time for each presentation, in order to optimize the sequencing and flow of content and tracks. Sessions will end by 4:00 pm on Conference Day.

Speaker Benefits:
The PaSDC does not pay fees or travel expenses to its speakers. All speakers will receive a complimentary Conference registration including meals. Speakers will be featured in the Conference publication and on the Conference website. The above benefits speaker(s); not support staff or colleagues who may accompany the speaker(s).

The PaSDC reserves the right to decline a submission for presentation at the 2020 Pennsylvania Data User Conference.

National Rural EMS & Care Conference

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), the National Association of State EMS Officials, the Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care, The State of Ohio EMS, and the Ohio Office of Health Policy and Performance Improvement invite you to join them on April 22-23, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio, for the 6th Annual National Rural EMS & Care Conference!

The National Rural EMS & Care Conference brings in participants from across the country. Invited attendees include rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural healthcare providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, federal agency officials, and other EMS partners.

Click here to view the Draft Agenda


Conference Hotel

Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel

50 North Third Street

Columbus, OH


To book a room, please call 877-901-6632, press 3, then press 2. The code to reference is “NOSORH EMS Meeting” to get the $143.23 per room/per night rate. This includes taxes and fees. You may also book online by clicking here.

The hotel reservation deadline is March 30, 2020.


EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop

Prior to the conference, join NOSORH for a half-day EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop on Tuesday, April 21, from 1:00-5:00 pm! Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS, and identify funding opportunities.

Workshop Agenda


Click here to register for the Conference and the Grant Writing 101 Workshop. The deadline to register is March 30, 2020, by 5:00 pm ET.

For more information, please visit the EMS Conference Website.

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health to Host Rural Human Trafficking Summit on October 29

Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health to Host Rural Human Trafficking Summit on October 29


University Park, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) will hold the first Pennsylvania Rural Human Trafficking Summit on October 29, 2019 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, PA.


The summit will focus on national and state efforts to address human trafficking, the law enforcement response to trafficking, and community- and health care facility-based strategies and education to address trafficking.


According to the Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), approximately 40.3 million modern slaves are in service worldwide, with approximately 25 million being forced into labor and sex trafficking. It is estimated that forced labor and human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide.


Human trafficking is not just a global issue, but a local issue. Rural America, and rural Pennsylvania, are not immune to trafficking. According to data from the NHTH, 275 reported cases of human trafficking were reported in 2018 in Pennsylvania, ranking the state 11th in the nation for human trafficking.


Isolation, geography, and transportation routes that facilitate human trafficking in rural areas allow human trafficking to go undetected. The lack of economic opportunities in many rural areas also make individuals more vulnerable to trafficking. Education, awareness, and an understanding of local, state, and federal resources are essential to identifying potential human trafficked individuals and assisting them in getting the help they need.


The October summit will feature a “surthriver,” a victim of human trafficking who was able to escape this modern day slavery. She will share her compelling journey into and through human trafficking and how she survived—and thrived. She now directs a human trafficking recovery program in northeastern Pennsylvania to aid others to escape the bonds of trafficking.


Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. It can happen in any community and victims can be any age, race, gender or nationality. Traffickers might use violence, manipulation or false promises of well-paying jobs or romantic relationships to lure victims into trafficking.


Trauma caused by traffickers can be so great that many may not identify themselves as victims or ask for help, even in highly public settings. Language barriers, stigma, fear of their traffickers, and/or fear of law enforcement frequently keep victims from seeking help, making human trafficking a hidden crime.


National estimates indicate that approximately 80 percent of human trafficking victims are women, and health care providers are often the first professionals to have contact with trafficked women and girls. Nearly 50 percent of trafficked individuals saw a health care professional during their exploitation, putting health care providers and facilities on the front lines of identifying and potentially stopping human trafficking.


The summit is sponsored by PORH; the Region III Office of the Health Resources and Services Administration; the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Eastcentral and Northeast Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center; the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, and the Governors Office of Homeland Security.


Registration and additional conference information can be found on the Rural Human Trafficking Summit website at


PORH formed in 1991 as a joint partnership between the federal government, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and Penn State. The office is one of 50 state offices of rural health in the nation funded under a program administered by FORHP and is charged with being a source of coordination, technical assistance, networking, and partnership development.


PORH provides expertise in the areas of rural health, agricultural health and safety, and community and economic development. PORH is administratively housed in the Department of Health Policy and Administration in the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State University Park.




Editors:  For more information, contact Terri Klinefelter, outreach coordinator, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, at 814-863-8214 or