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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.

Health professionals, California needs you!

Register now 

California is preparing for an increase in the number of people who urgently need health care in our communities during the COVID-19 outbreak. To meet this moment, we’re opening additional health care sites to treat people affected by COVID-19 and to relieve the pressure on our health care system by providing care for non-COVID-19 cases.

To ensure adequate staff for health care sites throughout California, we’re calling on healthcare providers, behavioral health professionals, and health care administrators to register today. 

We need:

  • Physicians (MD, DO), including medical residents and students
  • Pharmacists
  • Dentists
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurses (RN, LVN, CNA), including nursing students
  • Behavioral health professionals (psychiatrist, psychiatric technicians psychologist, psychiatric nurse practitioner, LCSW, LMFT, LPCC)
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Paramedics
  • Medical assistants
  • Emergency medical technicians

You will be paid and will be given malpractice insurance coverage. Locations will vary, but we will try to match your geographical preferences.

You have the opportunity to play a critical role in responding to this public health emergency in your region. To care for Californians who need your help, please sign up.

Register now