Virtual Event | April 20, 2021



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Past Sessions

9:30-10 A.M. CT


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10-10:30 A.M. CT


Janet Pilcher | Managing Director and Executive Leader
Huron | Studer Education

10:30-11:30 A.M. CT


Building Vibrant Communities in Rural America

Quint Studer | Author, Entrepreneur and Founder
Studer Community Institute, Fla.

Hear recommendations on how we strengthen rural communities by blending healthcare and education to build vibrant communities. With his background in both professions, Quint provides powerful, yet simple actions leaders can take to create a positive economic impact that strengthens rural communities. You will walk away inspired on how to create a place where people love to live, work and play.



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NOON-12:30 P.M. CT

PARTNER SHOWCASE #1  (choose one of the sessions from below to attend):

It Takes More Than a Village: 4 Hospitals, a County Government and School Districts Mastermind Vaccinations for Schools

Dale Shaver | Director of Parks and Land Use
Waukesha County Government, Wis.

Dale Shaver hosts weekly meetings with the four major hospitals that have a service presence in Waukesha County to coordinate the logistics team for the efficient distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Waukesha County government has coordinated the vaccination of school nurses and nurse aides, as well as the vaccination of K-12 and higher education educators. It’s a true collaboration.



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A Story of Collective Community Impact: Creating the Right Relationships

Rex Brown | President and Chief Executive Officer
Hillsboro Area Hospital, Ill.

In small towns, look for people who have time and a passion for doing the work needed. It is all about relationships. This story of collaboration and partnerships demonstrates the possibilities for all communities. Come and hear how this hospital supports the health and wellness of a small community.



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Hospitals and Schools: Cornerstones of Rural America During Disasters

Michael O'Neal  | Chief Executive Officer
George C. Grape Community Hospital, Iowa

Mike Wells  | Superintendent
Hamburg and Essex Schools, Iowa

George C. Grape Community Hospital Board Member

This Midwest community has seen its share of disasters in the last decade. This presentation will highlight how a small critical access hospital and school system worked together — and with their community — to overcome two national disasters and a pandemic while maintaining resiliency, providing family stability, shelter and basic healthcare needs to rebuild for a brighter, more sustainable future.



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12:45-1:15 P.M. CT

PARTNER SHOWCASE #2  (choose one of the sessions from below to attend):

Onboarding: Connecting Youth to Healthcare by Building Pathways to Mental Health Careers in Rural Humboldt County

Colby Smart | Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
Humboldt County Office of Education, Calif.

Access to higher education and mental health is a critical issue in rural America. Humboldt County, California, is home to seven Native communities. Education and healthcare are vital to this region. Connecting tribal mental healthcare providers to the planning and structure for technical career education is key to the preferred future of students and the long-term health of their region.



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Community Education — Who Owns It?

Rick Shroeder | Former Chief Executive Officer and Licensed Nursing Home Administrator (Retired)
North Big Horn Hospital, Wyo.

Brett Crosby | President
Custom Ag Solutions
Rancher and Economist
North Big Horn Hospital Board — Member

Community education isn't a department — it's an endeavor — and everyone owns it. The board owns it, hospital administration owns it, and hospital employees own it. Ultimately, if implemented correctly, the community will also own it. We will share our approach to education and illustrate our strategy with examples of its effectiveness.



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How Implementing Safety Protocols, Clear Processes and Innovative Communication Helped Communities Keep Their Early Learning Centers Open Throughout the Pandemic

Rina Irwin | Chief Executive Officer
Child Development Centers Inc., Pa.

Dr. Scott Cartwright | Director of Medical Services and Board-Certified Physician
Child Development Centers Inc., Pa.

Child Development Centers Inc. leveraged medical, executive and education personnel to create an innovative rapid response to the COVID-19 threat and continue to keep its centers open while reducing parent anxiety. The organization’s exceptional collaboration with local and state health officials, pediatric residents and registered nurses, helped its urban and rural community centers remain open and provide access to early learning.



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1:30-2:00 P.M. CT

PARTNER SHOWCASE #3  (choose one of the sessions from below to attend):

The Smallest Town in America to Build a YMCA

Mick Brant | Chief Executive Officer
Gothenburg Health, Neb.
Gothenburg Improvement Company Board of Directors, Gothenburg Health Foundation Board — Vice President

Becky Jobman | Chief Development Officer
Gothenburg Health, Neb.
Gothenburg Public Schools Board of Education — Vice President

In this session, you'll learn how an impossible community dream was realized through collaborative community partnerships between Gothenburg Health, Gothenburg Public Schools and the City of Gothenburg.



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Enhancing the Future of York — Together

Jim Ulrich Jr. | Chief Executive Officer
York General Health Care Services, Neb.

Mitch Bartholomew | Superintendent
York Public Schools, Neb.
York General Board of Directors — Member

This presentation will describe and illustrate the growth of the partnership between York General Health Care Services and York Public Schools over time. Specific programs and other examples of this partnership and collaboration will be provided as well as our shared vision for future enhancement opportunities. The impact on the communities that each of us serves, through the education and engagement of our youth, is immensely positive and vital to the future enhancement of York and the surrounding area.



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Maslow Before Bloom: How Estacada School District Collaborated With Key Service Partners to Meet the Basic Needs of the Students and Community

Ryan Carpenter | Superintendent
Estacada School District, Ore.

Mike Waer | Executive Director of Operations
Estacada School District, Ore.

Maggie Kelly | Executive Director of Operations
Estacada School District, Ore.

Estacada School District developed critical partnerships with the county health department, first responders, the American Red Cross and several others when they faced not only a pandemic, but the largest wildfire in their region. From solving for food insecurities early in the pandemic, to relocating displaced families during the Riverside wildfire, these partnerships were instrumental in helping the district make clear decisions about what mattered most.



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Creating a Spark, Hoping for an Inferno

Barry Bloom | Chief Executive Officer
Jeff Davis Hospital, Ga.

Barbara Bruno | Executive Director
Share Health Southeast Georgia, Ga.

A little can go a long way in a rural community. What we do may seem small in nature but can be powerful if we provide resources and motivation to people with passion. Our scholarships and grants are not large in dollar amount, but they can give just the right amount of resources to someone or some group to go on and do great things.



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2-2:15 P.M. CT


2:15-3 P.M. CT


The Power of Connecting

JoAnn Sternke | Senior Director, Leader Coach
Huron | Studer Education

Connect! To achieve excellence, we need to build connections — to people, to new ideas, to our work — to attain desired outcomes. You’ll come away with a new understanding of the importance of connection, along with a few strategies to build your connection-making power.



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3-3:30 P.M. CT


Tad Hunt | Senior Director and Coach


3:30-3:35 P.M. CT


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