Sixth Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference
In a departure from previous gatherings, the 2018 Eccles Family Rural West Conference took the form of an academic workshop focused on collaborative governance. Panels explored how collaboration in rural communities can foster greater environmental sustainability and better health outcomes.
Friday, March 23, 2018
Panel 1: Challenges and Possibilities in Wildfire Management
As devastating wildfires have become a new reality in the American West, this panel will discuss the challenges and new possibilities of managing both their impact and our response.
Panel 2: Towards a Healthier Rural West
Building upon the 2017 Rural West conference, this panel will brainstorm the next steps in improving health care and access in the rural West.
Kevin Harris, MPA, MBA
The William D. Ruckelshaus Center
Bidisha Mandal, PhD
Washington State University
Tom Scandalis, DO
Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences
Mike Maples, MD
Community Health of Central Washington
John F. McCarthy, MD
University of Washington School of Medicine
Gabriel Garcia, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Phillip Polakoff, MD
Stanford School of Medicine
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Panel 3: Perspectives on the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan
The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan has been praised for making the Yakima Basin a great place for families, fish, and farms. This panel will discuss the background, implementation, and opposition to the YBIP.
Panel 4: Models for University-Based Collaborative Governance
This panel will highlight best practices in university-based collaborative governance for addressing environmental, economic and health issues in the rural West.