The third annual symposium is a focused policy discussion on the emerging rural healthcare crisis in the United States, emphasizing possible solutions. As an academic institution in Georgia – a state at the very center of this crisis and debate – the University of Georgia School of Law aims to bring attention to the past, present and future of rural healthcare.

Healthcare policymakers, executives, entrepreneurs and scholars will explore a range of issues addressing local and national rural healthcare disparities. There will be four panels focusing on: rural healthcare administration and management by those "in the trenches," transformative ideas in rural health, mental and behavioral health shortages, and the intersection of rural health and rural economic development.


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Thursday, April 5th
9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Peter B. Rutledge, University of Georgia Law School
Bill Boling, Boling & Company
Nita Ham, Georgia State Office of Public Health

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

9:30 AM

In the Trenches

Lou Semrad, Jefferson Hospital
Vicki Lewis, Coffee Regional Medical Center
Tyler Williams, Habersham Medical Center
Roger Forgey, Stephens County Hospital

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

11:00 AM

Big Ideas in Rural Health

Mac McCormick, Eagle Telemedicine
Robin Rau, Miller County Hospital
Beth NeSmith, Augusta State University, Department of Physiological Nursing
Tee Faircloth, Coordinated Care Inc.

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

12:00 PM

Keynote Address

Maggie Elehwany, National Rural Health Association

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Rural Mental & Behavioral Health

Ron Manderscheid, National Association for Rural Mental Health
Sarah Vinson, Morehouse School of Medicine
Jennifer Dunn, Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmenal Disabilities
Kayln Lane, Unison Behavioral Health

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

2:30 PM

Local Governance & Economic Development

Daniel Graves, Elberton-Elbert County Hospital Authority
Rob Gordon, University of Georgia Archway Partnership
Reggie Taylor, USDA Rural Development
Andy Miller, Georgia Health News

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM