DRCHSD 2019 Summit

Event Details
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 to Wednesday, September 25, 2019
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

Summit Learning Objectives:

  • Share current successes and challenges
  • Learn how to demonstrate value
  • Develop strategies from financial and quality assessments and action planning
  • Continue Community Care Coordination Planning
  • Gain knowledge on capital improvement resources


The intended audience for the 2019 DRCHSD Summit is hospitals and clinics participating in the DRCHSD Program, speakers and state partners.


Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and Delta Regional Authority: Sustaining Rural Communities

Rachel Moscato, Project Officer, FORHP

Chris Caldwell, Chairman, DRA

Brian Henson, Chief of Staff, DRA


The Rural Journey: Moving Towards Population Health

Pat Schou, CEO, ICAHN

Lance Keilers, President, Connected Healthcare Solutions


Taking Value-Based Care from Discussion to Doing

Shannon Calhoun, Principal, C2V Enterprises


State Partner Resource Panel: Resources to Support Population Health and Transitions to Value

Rebecca Jolley, Executive Director, Rural Health Association of Tennessee

Mellie Bridewell, CEO, Arkansas Rural Health Partnership

Tracie Ingram, Rural Health Officer and Health Systems Innovation Manager, Louisiana Department of Health

Melissa VanDyne, Executive Director, Missouri Rural Health Association


Key Strategies to incentivize physicians through contracting to improve quality and productivity and engage them to actively participate in Advanced Payment Models (APMs)

Mark Blessing, Managing Director, BKD

Tammy Walsh, BKD

Christina Wade, Health Program Manager, DRA

Hospital / Clinic Leadership Workshop: Communication Strategies to Improve Internal (employee) and External (community) Communications

Lee Elliott, Executive Director, Wonderful Life Project


Community Development Opportunities to Support Economic Development

Allen Smart, Principal, PhilanthropywoRx

Cassandra Williams, Senior Vice President of Community and Economic Development, Hope Enterprise

DRA Representative

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $10,000,000 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS and $0 amount and 0% funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.