Ky. Rural Health Association meets in Bowling Green Sept. 17-18; major candidates for governor will speak back to back

The Kentucky Rural Health Association‘s annual conference will be held Sept. 17-18 in Bowling Green, with “a broader range of topics than ever before,” KRHA says: “Whether you are a health-care provider, hospital or clinic administrator, community member, rural advocate, student, or simply curious about the rural healthcare landscape, we’ve got you covered.”

KRHA says that at the end of the day-and-a-half meeting, attendees will be able to “build an overview of the state of rural health in Kentucky” and “become more skilled advocates for rural health at the local, regional and state levels,” as well as explore opportunties for partnerships and collaboration.

A forum for the party nominees for governor will be held after the conclusion of the conference on Friday afternoon. Republican Matt Bevin is scheduled to speak and answer questions from 1:15 to 2 p.m., and Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway is scheduled to do likewise from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Bowling Green is on Central Time. The forum is co-sponsored by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, the Friedell Committee, the Kentucky Academy of Family Physicians, the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Midwives, the Kentucky Hospital Association, the Kentucky Medical Association, the Kentucky Primary Care Association and Kentucky Voices for Health. Before lunch, candidates for governor and other statewide offices will have a meet-and-greet session.

The conference and the forum will be held at Western Kentucky University‘s Knicely Center on Nashville Road, with lodging at the adjacent Staybridge Suites on Campbell Lane and the new Hyatt Place, next to the WKU campus on Center Street (with shuttle service). The registration fees until Sept. 3 are $125 for KRHA members, $200 for non-members and $45 for student members. For the draft agenda, registration form and hotel information, in a PDF, click here.

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