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2020 California Rural Health Conference - September 21-22, 2020

The California State Rural Health Association is pleased to announce that our 2020 California Rural Health Conference will be held at the glamorous McClellan Conference Center, in Sacramento, CA!

Register today for discounted Early Bird pricing


The McClellan Conference Center, located on the former McClellan Airforce Base, offers a unique combination of location, comfort, and convenience not found elsewhere in the area.  Just off of I-80 and less than 20 minutes from the Sacramento Airport (SMF), conference attendees will find a recently renovated facility with abundant parking and access to lots of nearby amenities.

Conference attendees are just down the street from the Lion’s Gate Hotel, which is offering rooms for $119/night. Reservations can be made by calling 916-426-9593 and referencing Group Name “CA Rural Health Association”. Rates are only guaranteed through August 30, 2020.

Join us in 2020 and you will have the opportunity to:

  • Network and build relationships with your peers
  • Learn best practices and new processes to help fulfil your mission of delivering high quality rural health
  • Develop professional skills and obtain briefings on rural health issues.

Who should attend:

  • Rural Health administrators, practice managers, and executives
  • State and local legislators and representatives from government agencies
  • Rural Health providers and advocates

Oral Health in Rural Communities

The regular preventive care of the teeth and gums is important in maintaining quality of life and overall health, playing a role in preventing diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Yet, rural communities often lack adequate oral healthcare and subsequently miss out on the benefits of good oral health as well. Several factors have been well documented as contributing to the oral health challenges of rural America:

  • Access to dental care – Many rural communities lack access to oral health providers due to geographic isolation and workforce shortages.
  • Oral health literacy – A 2009 study found that health literacy is lower among rural populations. In terms of oral health, poor health literacy can result in poor oral hygiene and difficulty in navigating the oral health system. In addition, rural residents with low health literacy are more likely to consume sugar-sweetened beverages and more prone to dental caries, according to a 2016 article.
  • Fluoridation of water supplies – Rural communities often find fluoridated water systems to be cost prohibitive.
  • Tobacco use – Cigarette smoking is more prevalent in rural areas than in urban areas (27.7% of adults in nonmetro areas vs. 20.3% of adults in large metro areas), as well as smokeless tobacco use (13.8% of adults in nonmetro areas vs. 5.9% of adults in large metro areas), according to a 2017 report. Both can cause oral health problems.

Ransomware: Emerging Security Risk Facing Medical Practices

Webinar Presentation by Jeffery Daigrepont, Coker Group

Is Your Patient Data protected and are you meeting the MIPS/MACRA security risk assessment requirements?

Many healthcare organizations have invested millions of dollars building massive computer processors, databases, and wired and wireless networks to connect people together. Their goal is to facilitate communication, improve workflows, improve quality, lower costs, and satisfy customers. But how much attention have these organizations given to protecting these investments from today’s cybercriminals? Apparently, not enough as evidenced by the growing incidents of cybercrime and ransomware in healthcare.
Additionally, failure to properly complete the security risk assessment is the primary trigger for an MIPS/MARCA audit and it typically results in refunding inventive money and possible penalties.
Today’s most devastating form of cybercrime is known as ransomware, where cybercriminals will hold an organizations data for ransom. No hospital, physician, or other healthcare provider is immune to the operational chaos, harrowing events, and potential financial ruin that can result from sudden cybercrime attacks. Safety nets and other safeguards are available to minimize these risks, but many providers do not know how vulnerable their IT systems and networks are until it is too late.

Join us as Jeffery Daigrepont of Coker Group explains how to avoid common pitfalls and protect your company against cybersecurity gaps.

Monday, March 30, 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Registration is FREE, but limited to the first 100 participants!




National Rural Health Association launches COVID-19 site

Earlier this week, the NRHA launched their COVID-19 site.  

NRHA is here to be responsive to the needs of our members during the COVID-19 pandemic. The NRHA is committed to provide you with the latest information and resources available to help you provide care for the patients of rural America. Additionally, the NRHA advocacy team continues to fight to make sure that you have the resources and abilities needed to control and manage this pandemic. NRHA will continue to: 

  1. Provide access to the latest COVID-19 federal information fact sheets, and resources. We have launched a COVID 19 Resource page linked here
  2. Continue our advocacy fight with the Administration and Congress to ensure rural providers have the resources needed to both provide patient care and protect their workforce. Here is what NRHA is fighting for(also attached via Connect);
  3. Provide an open-forum on NRHA Connect to allow real-time discussions of best practices, open concerns and shared information; and
  4. Be your voice. NRHA continues to work with federal leadership, as well as national, state and local media to outline the needs of you, our members, in this unprecedented time.