• 16th Rural Health Conference: Making the Healthcare System Work for You Individuals, Clinicians and Communities, April 17 2015 Ferguson Student Center the University of Alabama

The University of Alabama Institute for Rural Health Research invites you to its 16th Annual Rural Health Conference, “Making the Healthcare System Work for You: Individuals, Clinicians and Communities,” on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 8 am to 5 pm. The conference will be held on The University of Alabama campus at the Ferguson Student Center.

Who should attend?

The conference is attended by health care professionals, community leaders, researchers, government officials and policymakers interested in making a difference in our rural communities.

What is it about?

Our focus for this year’s conference is understanding our complex healthcare system and making it work for rural communities.

When and where is it?

The 16th Annual Rural Health Conference will be held from 8 am to 5 pm on Friday, April 17, at the Ferguson Student Center on The University of Alabama campus.

Call for Posters

The University of Alabama’s Institute for Rural Health Research is accepting poster presentation abstracts for the 16th Annual Rural Health Conference, Making the Health Care System Work for You: Individuals, Clinicians, and Community.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Melanie T. Tucker at mtucker@cchs.ua.edu or (205) 348-6151.

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended:

March 11, 2015 at 5 pm

Keynote Speakers

Daniel Mareck, MD

Daniel Mareck, MD

Chief Medical Officer

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Daniel G. Mareck, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Dr. Mareck entered Federal service in 2005 as the Chief Medical Officer for the National Health Service Corps, also in HRSA. He is a family medicine physician and practiced in full and part-time capacities for nineteen years. His professional experiences include twelve years as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota Medical School, working primarily with the Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP).

Leah Sarris

Leah Sarris

Program Director

The Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine
Tulane University School of Medicine

Chef Leah Sarris is program director of the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. In the position, Sarris runs the teaching kitchen in Tulane’s groundbreaking program that teaches medical students, doctors and patients the tenets of healthful cooking and the significant role that food plays in preventing and managing obesity and associated diseases. As the first fill-time chef ever employed by a medical school, Sarris uses her culinary background to translate the latest nutrition science into practical strategies patients can take home to reduce their salt intake, cut calories and eat more healthful meals.

Continuing Education

Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education is sponsored by the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

Target Audience: Healthcare professionals with an interest in rural areas.

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  1. Explain the health and medical difficulties surrounding rural populations
  2. Develop strategies to overcome difficulties in keeping a rural population healthy

The University of Alabama School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Alabama School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Social Work

6 CEUs for Social Workers will be offered.


6.3 Nursing CEUs

Continuing Nursing Education

University Medical Center, The University of Alabama

License number ABNP1358

Expires 4/23/2015


For more information, contact Barbara Wright at bwright@cchs.ua.edu or (205) 348-0025.