Annual Rural Health Conference

October 19 & 20, 2017  Colorado Springs, CO


Donna Lynne, DrPH, was sworn in as Colorado’s 49th Lieutenant Governor and Chief Operating Officer on May 12, 2016. She is widely respected as both a leader in the private sector and an expert in the health field.

Prior to assuming her roles in Colorado state government, Dr. Lynne served as the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and as group president responsible for its Colorado, Pacific Northwest and Hawaii regions – overseeing an $8 billion budget, 1.4 million members and 16,000 employees.


Though she is a lifelong athlete, Tricia Downing’s “grit” goes far beyond the playing field. As a leader, coach and mentor, she is one who cares deeply about others, helping them to see opportunities at times when they may only see overwhelming challenges.

Seventeen years ago, Tricia, a competitive cyclist, was hit by a car while riding her bicycle. In the accident, she was paralyzed from the chest down. While
many others may have seen this life-changing tragedy as an insurmountable challenge, Tricia handled it with tenaciousness and grace and found the strength to flourish. Not only did she return to athletics—competing on the world stage in four different wheelchair sports—she founded and directs The Cycle of Hope, a nonprofit organization created to help other female wheelchair users redefine their own lives. She thrives on helping others see their potential and welcomes the role of “coach,” in guiding them to embrace their unique, authentic and powerful lives.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Keynote and Welcome Address     8:00 – 10:30 a.m

All Presentations will take place in the Ballroom

  • Colorado Rural Health Center Update     8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
         Michelle Mills, CEO, Colorado Rural Health Center
  • Welcome Address     8:15 – 8:30 a.m.
        Donna Lynne, Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
  • Discover Your Inner Champion     8:30 – 10:30 a.m
    Tricia Downing

Break 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Breakout Session I

All sessions will occur from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Rural Colorado: A Conversation – Part II     Salon F/G
         Charles Smith Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
         Kimberly Patton Health Resources and Services Administration
  • All for One and One for All     Eagles Nest
         Janet Steinkamp Colorado Department of Human Services,
         MacLean Zehler Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare Council,
         Don Sutton Colorado Department of Public Health,
        Bonnie Jortberg, PhD, RD, CDE Department of Family Medicine
  • Solving the Health Professionals Directory Challenge with “Big Data”    Salon H
         Steve Holloway Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Meaningful Use, MIPS and MACRA Updates     Rockrimmon
         David Ginsberg, CRHC Senior Advisor, PrivaPlan Associates, Inc


Lunch 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. 


Breakout Session II

All sessions will occur from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.

  • Are You Making the Most of Your 340B Program?    Salon H
          Susan Hayes Pharmacy Outcomes Specialists
  • Data Innovations to Inform Rural Health Care Progress     Salon F/G
         Cari Frank Center for Improving Value in Health Care
  • Late Career Physicians: Balancing Respect with Safety     Eagles Nest
         Elizabeth Korinek Coalition for Physician Enhancement
  • Colorado’s HIT Roadmap     Rockrimmon
    Mary Anne Leach Office of eHealth Colorado
    Marc Lassaux Quality Health Networks
    Cindy Wilbur Quality Health Networks

Break 1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Session III

All sessions will occur from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Recruitment and Retention: Tips and Best Practices for Successful Provider Recruitment    Salon H
         Ashley Mills Colorado Rural Health Center
  • Improving Care in Rural Communities Through Connectivity     Eagles Nest
        Kathy Osborn Colorado Telehealth Network
       Eskedar Makonnen Colorado Telehealth Network
    Tracy Hines 
    Colorado Telehealth Network
  • Cyber Security Panel     Rockrimmon
     David Ginsberg, CRHC Senior Advisor,  PrivaPlan Associates LLC
     Michael Archuleta Mt. San Rafael Hospital
    Ron Bebus
  • Foundations of Team Communication: Eliminating Silos to Improve Patient Care Salon F/G


Break 3:00 – 3:15 p.m.


Thursday PM General Session 3:15 – 5:00 p.m. 

All Presentations will take place in the Ballroom

  • Valley Wide Health Systems     3:15 – 4:30 p.m.
        Dr. Barbara Troy Valley Wide Health System
  • Vital Healthcare Capital, Flexible Financing for a Changing Healthcare System  4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
        Steve Weingarten Vital Health Care
       Lesley Reeder

Happy Hour and Reception  5:00 – 7:00 PM  Aspen Room


Friday, October 20, 2017

Welcome and General Session 

All Presentations will take place in the Ballroom

  • Colorado Rural Health Center Update     8:00 – 8:15 a.m.
    Michelle Mills, CEO, Colorado Rural Health Center
  • Financing for Capital Improvements and Equipment in Rural Areas      8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
    Jim Maras United States Department of Agriculture

Break 9:15 – 9:45 a.m.


Breakout Session IV   

 All sessions will occur from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

  • Reducing the Misuse, Abuse, and Diversion of Prescription Drugs in Colorado     Eagles Nest
    Karen McGovern Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies,
    Chris Gassen
  • Evolution or Revolution? Innovative Total Reward Strategies     Salon H
    Joesph Pulichene M3 Consulting
  • Back to Basics: Mastering the Fundamentals to Manage Change    Salon F/G
    Tracy Narvet Nside Consulting
    Collette Martin Nside Consulting
  • Network Auditing for HIPAA Compliance     Rockrimmon
    David Ginsberg, CRHC Senior Advisor, PrivaPlan Associates, Inc   


Break 10:30 – 10:45 a.m.


General Session     

All Presentations will take place in the Ballroom
10:45 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.

Care Equity Project: Caring for the Under-Resourcedced with Compassion 

Educational Theatre Program Kaiser Permanente

While CRHC has taken care to ensure the qualifications of speakers, presenters and moderators at this conference, the opinions, comments and other views made by participants in his/her presentation(s) are not necessarily those of CRHC nor its directors, planning committee or staff.