2021 IRHA 32d Annual Educational Conference
Call for Presenters

Aug. 11-12th, 2021 I-Hotel in Champaign
Submission Deadline Friday, April 9th  2021

TIME Conference Presentations will occur the afternoon of Wed August 11th and Thursday August 12th from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.


Topics should be somewhat related to the following:

  • Best Practices: Public Health Departments, Rural Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics
  • Impact of COVID on Rural Practice Settings
  • Career Advice for Students in Rural Health
  • Community and Population Health Management
  • Cyber Security
  • Emergency Preparedness Services
  • Mental and Behavioral Health Needs in Rural Communities
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Rural Health Clinic Compliance
  • Rural Workforce Development & Recruitment
  • Substance Abuse Challenges in Rural Communities
  • Telemedicine in Various Specialties
  • Veteran’s Health Challenges in Rural Settings


  • Allied Health Professionals
  • Case Coordinators
  • Mental Health Providers
  • Nurses
  • Practice Managers
  • Public Health Administrators and Staff
  • Rural Health Clinic Administrators
  • Rural Hospital CEO/Administrators
  • Rural Mid-Level Practitioners
  • Rural Physicians


All sessions will be allotted 45 minutes, and this should include time for questions.

Format Options: Research Presentation, Workshop Session, Panel Discussion (panel discussion will include at least two individuals speaking on related topics (e.g., telemedicine projects, integrated care models, oral health in rural hospitals, etc.). We no longer have a Poster Presentation option but instead encourage students to submit an article for our spring newsletter and apply for a scholarship to attend our Conference by contacting staff@ilruralhealth.org.


Acceptance: You will be notified of acceptance in May.  The IRHA reserves the right to combine sessions, make recommendations with respect to presenters, and to contact presenters regarding potential edits. 

If Accepted: Submitting a proposal represents a commitment to develop and deliver a presentation that is informative, relevant and useful.  Accepted presenters who plan to attend the whole conference must register for the conference and will receive the discounted rate of $150, as a small gesture of our appreciation for the hard work in preparing your presentation. Presenters who are only coming for their presentation are invited to stay for one meal and do not have to register. 

SUBMISSION PROCEDURES - Click here to submit.

Submission deadline is Friday, April 9th and must be submitted electronically. For questions contact Margaret Vaughn, IRHA Executive Director at staff@ilruralhealth.org or 217-280-0206.  

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