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2017 A Healthier Rural West: Critical Issues...Innovative Solutions

Fifth Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference
Toward a Healthier Rural West


March 23, 2017 - 5:00pm to March 25, 2017 - 11:45am
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Toward a Healthier Rural West

In Santa Fe, Center Convenes Innovative Leaders to Tackle Rural issues

The Stanford News Service has a recap of the Fifth Eccles Family Rural West Conference, which concluded on March 25 at the School for Advanced Study in Santa Fe. We will be providing more analysis and videos of the keynotes and panels in the coming days and weeks; the archived live video stream is also available for watching now.

The organizers and attendees are also at work on a plan for future activity and efforts at addressing the public health, economic, and environmental challenges to the communities of the rural North American West. We will share more details as we have them. To contact the organizers, please email Preeti Hehmeyer at the Bill Lane Center for the American West.

Read the report at the Stanford News Service

Complete Video of 2017 Conference Sessions


"A Healthier Rural West"

We have now published a video of the complete conference proceedings. Go to the panels page to view the conference schedule, and pick a panel to start watching. We are also pleased to share a five-minute overview of the conference produced by Dr. Phil Polakoff and Vladimir Chaloupka.

View the Panel Videos

The Fifth Eccles Rural West Conference

Santa Fe, March 2017

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The event is taking place in beautiful Santa Fe, home of our collaborators, the School for Advanced Research. (Photo: Kent Kanouse via Flickr)

The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University is hosting the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Rural West Conference from March 23-25, 2017 at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.

The Rural West Conference is interdisciplinary, bringing together academics, lawyers, journalists, and policymakers to share knowledge and ideas about the Rural West. Attendees represent the small handful of people at their universities and organizations who work on rural issues, and the Rural West Conference has become a forum for engaging and energizing work. We are excited to hold this year's conference in New Mexico’s historic capital city.

This year's conference theme is “A Healthier Rural West: Critical Issues…Innovative Solutions.” At our fifth annual conference, we shift our focus from identifying challenges to engaging policymakers, practitioners and academics to develop solutions that can be deployed throughout the Rural West. Using health as our lens, speakers and panelists seek to answer the fundamental question: what will deliver a healthier Rural West? Panels will address public and personal health, environmental health, public land management, and news consumption in the Rural West.

Organized by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the School for Advanced Research, and sponsored by the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Family Foundation.


Phone: (650) 721-1588