Champaign – The Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) will host its 30th Annual Educational Conference August 7-8th at the Hilton Garden Inn in Champaign. The theme of this year’s conference is “30 Years of Improving Rural Health”. The conference is an opportunity for rural healthcare administrators and clinicians to advance their professional skills, while networking and learning best practices from their counterparts throughout the state. Online registration and full conference brochure can be found at

IRHA is proud to have the CEO of the Chicago affiliate of Cancer Treatment Centers of America Pete Govorchin as their special guest to kick-off their opening session. Attendees will have more than 20 concurrent workshops and panel discussions to choose from over the two-day conference, all geared towards rural practice, including: Advances in Telehealth, Combating the Opioid Crisis, Dementia Care, Reducing Readmissions, Successful Care Coordination, the Value of Community Health Workers, and much more. There will also be a specific workshop track for Rural Health Clinics administrators. General Sessions topics include “Rural Hospital Renaissance” and “Hot Topics in the Federal Rural Health Arena” and the closing session will be an update from the from Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

There will also be evening networking socials on the evening of Wednesday, Aug. 7th, and on August 8th the Annual Rural Health Awards Luncheon will take place, honoring those which have made great strides to improve access to rural health care.

Conference registration is $195 for IRHA members and $250 for non-Members (which includes a 12-month membership). To register for the Conference, go to and for additional information contact Margaret Vaughn at 217-280-0206 or

First organized in 1989, the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) is a collaborative association comprised of over 800 members including hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, public health departments, practitioners, consumers and public officials, whose mission is to strengthen health systems for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking and leadership.

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