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Friday, October 22, 2021

The Decade of Digital Inclusion

Virtual Symposium from The Marconi Society: We believe Internet access is a basic human right. Join leaders in policy, technology, and digital inclusion advocacy to learn about the critical challenges of connecting the next billion and to develop innovative, practical solutions.

The Decade of Digital Inclusion is your opportunity to join a community of innovators working toward a digitally inclusive future. This timely conversation can only be hosted by the Marconi Society, a nonprofit that bridges the communities of advanced technology and digital inclusion.

In addition to the symposium series, we will make history by recognizing and honoring one of the industry’s leading stars, Andrea Goldsmith, as our 2020 Marconi Fellow.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Senate hearing: “State of Telehealth: Removing Barriers to Access and Improving Patient Outcomes”

Senator Ben Ray Luján

U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), the Chair of the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, will convene a hearing titled “State of Telehealth: Removing Barriers to Access and Improving Patient Outcomes” at 8:00 a.m. MDT / 10:00 a.m. EDT on Thursday, October 7, 2021. The hearing will examine the importance of access to telehealth services, the utilization and changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, the critical role of access to broadband in the public health response, and how to structure future deployment and policy to address the needs of underserved communities.


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Broadband in New Mexico: What’s Next?

Hosted by the New Mexico Telehealth Alliance and made possible through funding from the New Mexico Human Services Department.

Featuring speakers Senator Ben Ray Lujan and Gar Clarke from New Mexico Dept. of IT.

Broadband access has never been a bigger issue as it is now. Find out what's next for New Mexico as the states looks to connect all corners.

Get the latest on recent legislation that provides for the Connect NM Council, the Office of Broadband Access and Extension, and the funding to support Broadband Infrastructure and Digital Inclusion within New Mexico.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Rural Community Youth – School-based Mental Health Education

Arizona Telemedicine Program

Oct 28, 2021 11:00 AM in Arizona

This webinar will explore challenges that Arizona’s rural community youth face and how school-based mental health education can help strengthen their resiliency. Representatives from Arizona’s State Agencies (health & education) and topic experts will provide updates on:

1. Rural youth mental health assessment
2. SB. 1376
3. School-based programs and services

Sunday, October 24, 2021

APHA 2021 — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness

American Public Health Association

APHA is keeping a close watch on the evolving COVID-19 situation, and protecting the health and safety of our attendees is paramount. All in-person Annual Meeting attendees and contractors must be fully vaccinated and must wear a facial mask during all indoor activities at APHA 2021.

APHA's 2021 Annual Meeting and Expo will take place Oct. 24-27 and begin with the Opening General Session on Sunday. The 2021 theme is "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Strengthening Social Connectedness." Activities like business meetings and poster sessions will be virtual and start on Oct. 18. Check out the updated Schedule at a Glance.

In-person attendees will participate at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver. Virtual attendees will participate online from anywhere globally (at home, from the office, or even on the beach).

Still trying to decide between virtual and in-person attendance for #APHA2021? This handy table can help. Here's a tip: If you register for one, you can switch to the other before the Annual Meeting starts. Check out the details.

Host a Business Meeting or Reception in Denver or Online
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with the public health community this October. Meet with clients, alumni and partners, and engage with the public health community attending APHA 2021. Organizations that cannot host an event in person can opt to host a business meeting or reception remotely. Complete an application (PDF). Learn more about hosting a business meeting or reception.

What to Expect at APHA 2021
We've made some significant changes to amplify the attendee experience at this year's meeting. Whether participating in Denver or from home, attendees will have access to high-quality scientific sessions, inspiring presentations and many opportunities to connect with peers. Check out the updated expanded schedule and learn why thousands of public health professionals choose to attend APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo.

Session Formats
General and Featured Sessions: These key sessions will take place in Denver and be livestreamed to the virtual audience.
Oral Sessions: We anticipate an even split of all oral sessions presentations — 50% in Denver and 50% online. Presenters in a session will be in the same meeting format (all virtual or all in-person). In-person attendees who are virtual presenters or want to watch virtual sessions should bring their laptop and present/watch in their hotel room or designated Wi-Fi-enabled space in the convention center.
Poster Sessions: All poster sessions will be virtual. This year, we're adding an interactive element to allow poster presenters to communicate with attendees easily.
Roundtable Sessions: All roundtable sessions will be virtual. New technologies will allow us to optimize virtual roundtable presentations.
Public Health Expo
APHA 2021 will have an expo in Denver and a virtual expo. All exhibitors will have a virtual presence allowing them to connect and engage with all attendees. The expo hall is already filling up! View the 2021 Public Health Expo floor plan for a list of participating organizations. All organizations interested in exhibiting should email APHA's exhibits manager, Edward Shipley.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

2021 Annual Rural Health Conference

Colorado Rural Health Center

October 20th-22nd – Denver, CO
Register today! Rates go up on October 4!
Please note: We will be following CDC recommendations and mandates for this event.

Wednesday, October 20
8:00 AM-9:00 AM

CAH WORKSHOP - Legal & Compliance Update: CAHs & RHCs
9:00 AM-10:30 AM

Billing and Coding Workshop - Part 1
9:00 AM-12:00 PM

CAH WORKSHOP - Compliance Update and Workshop
10:45 AM-11:45 AM

12:45 PM-1:45 PM

Billing and Coding Workshop - Part 2
1:30 PM-4:00 PM

CAH WORKSHOP - CEO/CFO Breakout Session and Quality Improvement Breakout Session
1:45 PM-3:45 PM

Networking Event
5:00 PM-7:00 PM

Thursday, October 21
Conference Welcome
8:15 AM-8:30 AM

Six Things Every Rural Hospital CEO Must Do
8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Telehealth - TBD
10:05 AM-11:05 AM

The Hospital Transformation Program and Rural Support Program - Updates from HCPF
10:05 AM-11:05 AM

HCPF Session - EAPG Discussion Regarding Various Bundling Mechanisms and Future EAPG Reform Efforts
10:05 AM-11:05 AM

Bringing Cancer Clinical Trials to Rural and Underserved Communities
10:05 AM-11:05 AM

State & Federal Rural Health Policy Updates
12:35 PM-1:35 PM

Innovating for Affordability, Keeping Care Local
1:40 PM-2:40 PM

How Do We Implement a Real and Lasting Fix to Rural Healthcare?
1:40 PM-2:40 PM

Coverage from Connect for Health Colorado
1:40 PM-2:40 PM

Using Health Information Exchange to Improve Continuity of Care
1:40 PM-2:40 PM

Cyber Security Workshop
3:15 PM-4:15 PM

Thursday Closing Remarks
4:15 PM-4:45 PM

30th Anniversary Happy Hour Sponsored by Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman

Friday, October 22
HIPAA Privacy Compliance-Specifics Related to Access Requests
8:15 AM-9:15 AM

LGBTQ Health Outcomes and Recommendations
8:15 AM-9:15 AM

Crises Collide: COVID-19, the Stability of the Rural Health Safety Net and the New Normal
8:15 AM-9:15 AM

How Hospitals Can Win Back Every Single Patient - The 5 Imperatives to Regain Lost Patient Volumes and Grow
8:15 AM-9:15 AM

Building Toward a Healthier Tomorrow
9:45 AM-10:45 AM

Bridging the gap of Health Disparities for Rural Communities
10:45 AM-11:45 AM

How to Promote Covid-19 Vaccinations at Your Rural Health Clinic
10:45 AM-11:45 AM

WINN Program
10:45 AM-11:45 AM

Everyone's A Giver: Inspire - Engage – Transform
11:45 AM-1:15 PM

Closing Remarks
1:15 PM-1:30 PM

More on the agenda and speakers:

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

FQHC Telehealth Best Practices: Lessons Learned From the Pandemic

Center for Connected Health Policy

9/28/2021 - 3 PM
Successfully Engaging Hard to Reach Populations with Telehealth

10/5/2021 - 3 PM
Successfully Engaging Staff with Telehealth

10/12/2021 - 3 PM
Making Smart and Effective Telehealth Technology Decisions: Best Options for Clinicians and Patients

10/19/2021 - 3 PM
Telehealth After The Public Health Emergency: Where should we go from here?

This interactive four-week mini-series will explore the telehealth challenges encountered by FQHCs during the start of the pandemic, including engagement of hard to reach populations, staff engagement, making smart and effective telehealth technology decisions and decisions about where to go with telehealth after the end of the public health emergency.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Medicaid & Other State Agencies Telehealth Policies for Patients with Disabilities

Center for Connected Health Policy

Oct 1, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time

As telehealth became more widely utilized during COVID-19, it became clear that some segments of the population may be left behind due to inability to access the technology. One segment of the population, patients with disabilities, may have encountered unique barriers to accessing care through telehealth. This webinar will focus on what Medicaid programs and other state agencies have done to help ensure people with disabilities can utilized telehealth.


Ivanora Alexander
Executive Director
Office for the Children with Special Health Care Needs, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Jan Withers
Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Telemedicine and Cybersecurity: Staying on Top of the Biggest Threat to Your Hospital and Your Patients

American Telemedicine Association

Sep 29, 2021 01:00 PM in Eastern Time

Cybersecurity is not just a technical issue, it is a patient safety issue. Healthcare organizations are faced with sky rocketing numbers of cyberattacks as they work to accommodate a remote workforce, provide virtual care options and keep their patients and their data safe. Join Carilion Clinic’s Senior Vice President and CMIO, Dr. Stephen Morgan and their Director of Cyber Security, Rob Mireles as they discuss how their team protects against cybersecurity threats. Learn how they are keeping up with the ever changing world of cybersecurity and their plan to safeguard against threats to come.

Stephen A. Morgan, MD
Senior Vice President and CMIO
Carilion Clinic

Rob Mireles, CIPM
Director, Cyber Security/IAM
Carilion Clinic Information Security

Saturday, September 25, 2021

AMA Telehealth Immersion Program Mini-bootcamp Event

American Medical Association

Sep 25, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time

As part of the Telehealth Immersion Program, the AMA will host a mini-bootcamp to wrap up Telehealth Awareness Week and provide an opportunity for participants to do deep-dive break-out sessions across various medical specialties. This event is designed to engage various stakeholders to support long-term sustainable Telehealth programs across the industry.

A. Welcome & Telehealth Awareness Week Recap (~15 mins)
Speaker: Joseph Kvedar, MD, Chair Board of Directors, ATA
Description: An overview recapping the weeks’ events, brief comments about the impact telehealth has had over the last 1.5 years and thoughts on the future of virtual care.

B. Panel discussion: Health at Home Models and Strategies (~45 minutes)
Description: This discussion will explore health at home strategies that are leveraging telehealth and digital health technologies to expand care outside of the health system and into the patient home. We’ll bring together the diverse perspectives of physicians, operational leaders, patients and vendors to share best practices, what’s working well, and what the opportunities are that will impact health at home care delivery in the future.

C. Telehealth across medical specialties Break-out Sessions (~45 minutes) & Report out (~30 minutes)
Description: 2-3 medical specialties will host break-out rooms to explore the ways telehealth is creating value in their environments/specialties. There will also be one breakout room as a follow up to the panel discussion.

D. Wrap-up/Closing - AMA

*Note: This is an interactive bootcamp where engagement is encouraged. We recommend participants join with video to make this event feel as in-person as possible.*

Friday, September 24, 2021

The Virtual Patient Perspective

American Telemedicine Association

Sep 24, 2021 02:00 PM in Eastern Time

Telehealth became a household word during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivering healthcare into living rooms across the country. It changed the way patients access care – making it more convenient, more efficient, and more effective. Especially for patients with mobility challenges or those in rural and underserved communities, or when in-person care is just not possible, virtual care services can be a lifeline. Hear from patients and patient advocates about the important role telehealth is playing in care delivery, the benefits of virtual care delivery, and how these individuals want care delivered in the future.

How does telehealth empower patients to be engaged in their health? How does telehealth drive patient and provider satisfaction? What are the roadblocks and opportunities for telehealth?

Join us as we explore the virtual patient perspectives.

Opening Keynote: Adrienne Boissy, Chief Experience Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Moderator: Heidi Ross, Director, Policy, National Organization for Rare Disorders

Dr. John Novak, Medical Director, OhioHealth ALS Clinic, ALS Association

Rachel Solomon, Director, Policy, Cancer Support Community

Mindy Henderson, Director and Editor-in-Chief, Muscular Dystrophy Association

Hannah Lynch, Associate Director, Federal Government Relations & Health Policy, National Psoriasis Foundation

Rick Aranson, Sr. Director, Patient Care Services, Susan G. Komen

Roshni Kulkarni, MD, Professor Emerita, Former Director, Michigan State University Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders, Former Director, Division of Blood Disorders at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Hemophilia Foundation

Closing Keynote: Walter Panzirer, Helmsley Charitable Trust

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Optimizing Workflows to Maximize Access to Telehealth Services for Sexual and Reproductive Health

Essential Access Health

Sep 23, 2021 11:00 AM in Pacific Time

Course Description:
Join us to celebrate Telehealth Awareness Week with a webinar that will focus on maximizing opportunities for patients to receive sexual and reproductive health care via telehealth. While telehealth services provided via phone have become widely available, video services are less prevalent and many barriers remain to providing access to this modality. Other challenges exist for providing telehealth services to patients with limited English proficiency. Thoughtful workflow design is instrumental in ensuring that patients have every opportunity to obtain care via video, and that patients in need of translation services can be provided those services during a telehealth visit. Practical advice about creating and implementing effective workflows will be discussed, and lessons learned from California’s statewide Title X family planning network will be shared.

Who Should Attend:
• Clinic managers
• Quality improvement staff
• Information technology staff
• Providers

After this session, participants will be able to:
• Identify steps for designing workflows to assist patients in accessing telehealth care via video
• Describe ways to modify workflows to incorporate translation services
• Name specific workflow changes they can make to ensure more equitable access to telehealth services

Continuing education credits available