Summit Agenda

Day 1 Tuesday, Mar 19 Click here to
10:00-11:00 am

Pre-Summit Tour of Primary Children’s Hospital

Get a behind the scenes look at one of the best children’s hospitals in the western United States.
Tour Details and Registration




Opening Session

Healthier Rural West Video

Greetings: A Dream Becomes Today’s Reality
Phil Polakoff, MD, Founder and CEO, A Healthier WE

The Rural West: Moving from Past to Future
Hilary Franz, Commissioner of Public Lands, State of Washington

— Meet Your Table Neighbors —

Enhancing Rural Economies, Health and Jobs
Utah Lt. Governor Spencer Cox

Achieving the Summit’s Call to Action Goals
Evon Holladay, MBA, COO, A Healthier WE


Transitioning from Crisis to Well-Being:
Essential Health Action Areas

Phil Polakoff, MD – moderator

Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities
Mikelle Moore, MBA, MHSA, SVP Community Health, Intermountain Healthcare

Making Health a Shared Value
John McCarthy, MD, Asst. Dean for Rural Health, University of Washington School of Medicine

Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration
Lynn Gallagher, JD, Former Cabinet Secretary for Health, New Mexico

Strengthening Integration of Health Services and Health Systems
Ed Clark, MD, AVP of Clinical Affairs, President of the University of Utah Medical Group and
Professor, Department of Pediatrics of the University of Utah


Opening Keynote

Marc Harrison, MD, President and CEO of Intermountain Healthcare

– Networking Break –


Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities

(Track breakouts)

Track 1
Track 2
Track 1

The Utah Alliance for the Determinants of Health: Addressing Social Needs to Improve Health

Track 2

Rural Independent Hospital Network Helps Keep Rural Healthcare Viable

  • Greg Rosenvall (panel leader)
    Utah Hospital Association
  • Clayton Holt
    CEO, San Juan Hospital (Rural 9 Member Hospital)
  • Allen Barry
    Governing Board Chairman, San Juan Hospital
Track 1

Using Urban Planning and Policy to Create Healthy, Equitable, and Resilient Communities

Track 2

Improving Mental and Behavioral Health in the Rural West: A Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • Bill Bryan, PhD (panel leader)
    Co-Founder and Program Manager; One Montana
  • Sandra Bailey, PhD
    Professor and Family and Human Development Specialist; MSU Extension
  • Mark Schure, PhD
    Assistant Professor Community Health; MSU
  • Julie Riley
    Montana Extension Agent, Powder River County; Broadus, MT
  • Jane Wolery
    Montana Extension Agent, Teton County; Choteau, MT

– Networking Break –

Track 1

Telehealth: Enhancing Health in the Rural West

  • Oliver Bogler, PhD (panel leader)
    Chief Operating Officer, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) Institute, University of New Mexico
  • Geoff Jones, MD
    Assistant Dean, University of Washington School of Medicine, Dept. of Family Medicine
  • Terry D. Box, MD
    Dept. of Internal Medicine, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Bill Beninati, MD Critical Care – Intermountain LDS Hospital, Senior Medical Director for Intermountain Connect (virtual hospital) Medical Director, Intermountain Life Flight
Track 2

Successful Models for Developing the Rural Healthcare Workforce

  • Mark E. Deutchman, MD (panel leader)
    Professor of Family Medicine, Associate Dean of Rural Health, University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Linda Edelman, RN, PhD
    Chair, Division of Health Systems and Community Based Care, University of Utah College of Nursing
  • Matt Probst, PA-C
    Medical Director and Chief Quality Officer, El Centro Family Health
Track 1

Getting Organized: Hope and Opportunities for Rural Health Systems

  • Steven J. Summer, FACHE (panel leader)
    President and Chief Executive Officer, Colorado Hospital Association
  • Robert (Rob) W. Allen, FACHE
    Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Ed Clark, MD
    AVP of Clinical Affairs, President of the University of Utah Medical Group and Professor, Department of Pediatrics of the University of Utah
  • Margo Karsten
    CEO, Banner Fort Collins Medical Center, McKee Medical Center, and North Colorado
Track 2

Using Population Health Needs to Project Primary Care Needs: A Working Demo

  • Clark Ruttinger, MPA, MBA
    Director, Workforce Research, and Director, Utah’s Nursing Workforce Information Center, Utah Medical Education Council
  • Mike Magill, MD
    Director, Utah Area Health Education Centers (AHEC)
Intratrack Discussion

Opportunities for Action

Intratrack Discussion

Opportunities for Action


Creating Healthier, More Equitable Communities - Opportunities for Action

– Full Reconvene –


Little America Reception and Dinner | Networking and Knowledge Sharing

The Providers

  • Documentary film (trailer): Healthcare providers bringing care to those living on the margins in rural America.
  • Conversation with: Anna Moot-Levin, MFA, and Matt Probst, PA-C, Medical Director and Chief Quality Officer El Centro Family Health

Introductory Remarks
A. Scott Anderson, President and CEO, Zions Bank

Dinner Keynote
David Kennedy, Professor of History, Stanford University, Pulitzer Award Author

Day 2 Wednesday, Mar 20 Click here to

Networking Breakfast


Opening Keynote

Speaker: Michael L. Good, MD, CEO, University of Utah Health;
Dean, University of Utah School of Medicine;
SVP, University of Utah Health Sciences Health Sciences, University of Utah


Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration

(Track Breakouts)

Track 1
Track 2
Track 1

Utilizing Cross Sector Collaboration to Build Well-Being

Track 2

Rural Latino Health in the West

  • Marc Schenker, MD (panel leader)
    Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Public Health Sciences and Medicine, UC Davis School of Medicine
  • Xóchitl Castañeda
    Director, Health Initiative of the Americas
  • Deliana Garcia
    Director, International Projects and Emerging Issues, Migrant Clinician’s Network
  • Yissel Barajas
    VP, HR, Reiter Affiliated Companies (RAC)
  • Julia Gonzalez
Track 1

Rural Communities Opioid Response - An Integrated Approach to Confronting Substance Abuse

  • Rita Osborn (panel leader)
    Executive Director, Utah Center for Rural Health, Southern Utah University
  • Tara Fouts
    Central District health Department (CDHD), Idaho
  • Tracey Wall
    PA, Memorial Regional Health Care, Craig, CO
  • Michele Stanton, BS, LAC
    Lead Care Coordinator, Behavioral Health—HRSA, Central Montana Medical Center, Montana
Track 2

Rural Health without Borders: Leveraging Resources from State Offices of Rural Health in the American West

  • Matt McCullough (panel leader)
    Director, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, Utah Department of Health
  • Lynette Dickson, MS, RD, LRD
    Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement, Center for Rural Health (CRH), University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences

– Networking Break –

Track 1

Living with Wildfire in the Rural West: Working Across Sectors to Enhance Public Health, Safety, and Ecological Resilience

  • Nick Goulette (panel leader)
    Executive Director, Watershed Research & Training Center
Track 2

Law Enforcement Collaboration to Address: Homelessness, Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Dementia Diseases

Track 1

Using Collective Impact and a Coalition to Revitalize a Rural County

Track 2

Suicide Prevention: Uncommon Ground - Partnerships between Health Professionals & Gun Owners to Save Lives

  • Morissa Sobelson Henn, DrPH (panel leader)
    Community Health Program Director, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Kimberly Myers, MSW
    Administrator, Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services, Utah Department of Human Services-Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
  • Winton Aposhian
    Chairman, The Utah Shooting Sports Council
Intratrack Discussion

Opportunities for Action

Intratrack Discussion

Opportunities for Action


– Reconvene –

Fostering Cross-Sector Collaboration: Read Out Opportunities for Action
Kickoff: Making Health a Shared Value


Making Health a Shared Value

(track breakouts)

Track 1
Track 2
Track 1

A Healthier Rural Westerner: Creating Access and Opportunity to Drive Change

  • Trevor Smith, PhD (panel leader)
    Executive Director of Health Promotion and Wellness, Intermountain Healthcare
  • Tim Butler
    Select Health/ Hero Health Promotion
  • Cherie Pettitt, EdD
    Associate Professor, Health Promotion & Wellness Track Director, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals
  • Kelly H Woodward, DO, MPH
    Medical Director, Park City LiVe Well Center
Track 2

Hospital and School Cafeterias: A Foundation for Better Nutrition for One and All

  • Chef Greg Christian (panel leader)
    Founder/CEO, Beyond Green Sustainable Food Partners
  • Judy Donovan
    Regional Director of Marketing & Strategic Planning, Kona Community & Kohala Hospitals, Island of Hawaii
  • Andrea Moore
    Assistant Principal, Mililani, High School, Honolulu, Hawaii
Track 1

Native American Community Outreach & Patient Empowerment (COPE)

  • Hannah Sehn (panel leader)
    Cancer Program Manager, COPE Program
Track 2

Understanding and Protecting Vulnerable Populations: Young and Old

  • Lenora Olson (panel leader)
  • Michael Friedrichs Statistician, Utah Bureau of Health Promotion
  • Kristine Campbell Associate Professor, Division of Child Protection and Family Health, University of Utah Department of Pediatrics
  • Amy Bate Health Information Coordinator, Tooele Country Health Department, Utah

Networking Lunch

Rural Healthcare Workforce


Making Health a Shared Value

(tracks continued)

Track 1

Building a Culture of Health in Rural Oregon

Track 2

Effective Rural Oral Health Uses Tele Dentistry and Integration with Medical and Behavioral Health Programs

  • Michelle Vacha (panel leader)
    Executive Director, Community Dental Health (CO)
  • Rory (Wyatt) Hume, DDS
    Dean at University of Utah School of Dentistry; AVP, Academic Affairs and Education, University of Utah Health
  • Katya Mauritson, DMD
    Dental Director, Health Access Branch, Colorado Dept. of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Prevention Services Division
Track 1

Purpose Driven Solutions: Investing to Bring Enhanced Well-Being to the Rural West

  • Phil Ploakoff, MD (panel leader)
  • Bob Taylor
    Executive Director, Morgan Stanley | Community Development Finance
  • Heather Brace, MS
    SVP and Chief People Officer, Intermountain Healthcare
Track 2

Collaborating with Media to Improve Health in Our Communities

Intratrack Discussion

Opportunities for Action

Intratrack Discussion

Opportunities for Action

– Networking Break –


Reconvene: Making Health a Shared Value

Read Out Opportunities for Action / Kickoff: Final Track


Strengthening Integration of Health Services & Systems

(track breakouts)

Track 1

Using Accountable Care to Improve Health in the Rural West

Track 2

Healthcare Markets: Pricing and Competition

Track 1

Providing Effective Person-Centered Care for Aging and Dementia Diseases

  • Jill Lorentz (panel leader)
    President, Summit Resilience Training
  • Stacie Naslund
    Director of Spring Ridge Memory Care, A Continuum, Inc Facility
  • Dee Reda
    Community Services Manager, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), Health Facilities & Emergency Medical Services Division
Track 2

Addressing Rural Broadband Availability–Fireside Chat

  • Evon Holladay, MBA COO, A Healthier WE
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Vincent Arribe, MEcon
    Microsoft Airband Initiative

– Networking Break –

Track 1

Using an Electronic Health record to Integrate Oral, Behavioral and Medical Care

  • Howard Weeks, MD
    Associate CMIO, University of Utah Health
  • Michelle Goldberg, MD
    Medical Director, 4th Street Clinic
  • Wyatt R. Hume, DDS, PhD
    Dean, School of Dentistry, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Education, University of Utah
  • Brian Watts, JD
    Chief Compliance Officer, University of Utah Health
Track 2

Supporting Subspecialty Access Throughout the Rural Intermountain West: Healthcare for All

  • Chad Jasperson
    Manager, Intermountain Telehealth Operations
  • Breein Clark
    National Outreach Market Lead, Idaho & Montana
  • Angela Booker
    Chief Nursing Officer, Teton Valley Hospital (Driggs, ID)
Track 1

Accountable Community of Health (ACH) Collaborative Partnerships Address Resource Gaps

  • Hadley Morrow (panel leader)
    Director of Engagement, Better Health Together, Spokane, WA
  • Jenny Smith, MA
    Marketing and Foundation Director, Newport (WA) Hospital and Health Services
  • Ed Dzedzy
    Public Health Director, Lincoln County (WA)
Track 2

An Optimal Community Pharmacy Service Delivery Model to Improve Healthcare in the Rural Community

  • Mark A. Munger, Pharm. D., FCCP, FAAC, FHFSA
    Professor, Pharmacotherapy; Adjunct Professor, Internal Medicine; Fellow, Academy of Health Science Educators; Associate Dean, College Affairs, College of Pharmacy, University of Utah
  • David N. Sundwall, MD
    Professor Emeritus of Public Health (Clinical), University of Utah School of Medicine
Intratrack Discussion

Opportunities for Action

Intratrack Discussion

Opportunities for Action


Final Reconvene: Strengthening Integration of Health Services & Systems

Opportunities for Action / Full Read Out


Festive Healthier WE Networking Reception

State Capitol of Utah, Rotunda

Day 3 Thursday, March 21 Click here to
7:00-8:00 am

Networking Breakfast


Incubator Initiatives Kickoff


Closing Session

Using Technology Innovations to Scale Proven Solutions


Networking break


Innovative Incubator Initiatives

Pitch Competition Begins!


Pitch Competition Judging


Winning Initiatives Announced!


A Healthier WE - Incubator Next Steps

11:15 am


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