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The mission of the New York State Association for Rural Health (NYSARH)  is to improve the health and well-being of rural New Yorkers and their communities. NYSARH functions as the “voice for rural health.” It is a statewide organization advocating for the health of rural New Yorkers. 
NYSARH has re-developed our 2020 Annual Conference to create a space to debrief with rural health systems, providers, and health care leaders.The conference will take place September 14-17, 2020 using a virtual, online platform. 
We seek speakers to provide content for this four-day online event.
Each day will focus on a theme, suggested by our members and stakeholders. The daily structure will include a synchronous morning presentation and participant discussion using Zoom, followed by asynchronous activities scheduled through the day. 
Monday, September 14: Telehealth: Trial by Fire
“New York State on Pause” resulted in a rapid and widespread adoption of telehealth applications in both rural and urban communities. Submissions in the telehealth theme may relate to specific use cases, the process of implementation, rural telecom readiness for telehealth (availability of broadband), or other related topics.

Tuesday, September 15: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion as Determinants of Health
The national conversation on racial inequality, including the disproportionate impact of COVID on peoples of color, has led to a renewed focus on the structural and social determinants of health, and is pushing the agenda further to consider the “moral determinants of health”. Submissions within this theme may relate to social, structural, or moral determinants of health, or to rural health disparities.

Wednesday, September 16: Sustainability of Rural Service Systems
The COVID pandemic has highlighted some structural fragilities of rural health systems. Changing funding models and uncertain state budgets have challenged sustainability in rural systems, including Rural Health Networks, Federally Qualified Health Centers and others. Submissions within this theme may comprise structural adaptation, creative use of funding models, or other topics of relevance to rural health systems and their sustainability in the New Rural.

Thursday, September 17: Rural Resilience &  Innovation - Learning from COVID Responses
The pandemic has challenged every aspect of our rural health landscape. Rural New York, drawing from its strengths and resourcefulness, has responded. This theme will allow participants to share their knowledge about our “now normal”: success stories, lessons learned, best practice changes and innovative solutions.
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If you are interested in presenting, please complete the survey questions below. 
- Content speakers will be expected to participate in a 2-hour synchronous discussion in the morning and available for an hour in the afternoon to extend their discussion with interested conference participants. 
- Speakers should be aware that this conference will be presented entirely online, so please consider your comfort with technology (including Zoom) before submitting your proposal. Please note we will assist you! 

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* 1. Presenter Information

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* 4. Please use this space to describe your presentation or poster (abstract length, 100-250 words). If submitting a classic presentation, consider providing an abstract. The typical sections in an abstract include: Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions; though, other headings with similar meanings may be used (i.e. Introduction in place of Background or Findings in place of Results).

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