Paul Brest Hall
555 Salvatierra Walk
Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West is convening a workshop to devise strategies for improving health care and wellness in the rural West.
Rural health care is deficient everywhere in the United States, nowhere more so than in the West, where considerations of distance, culture, and environment pose special challenges. Some 51 million Americans live in rural areas; 13 million of them in the West. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), rural American households have the nation’s highest rates of death, disability, and chronic disease, thanks to poorly resourced and badly fragmented rural healthcare delivery systems and a chronic lack of qualified health workers in rural areas. Because most rural residents live more than an hour away from a Level I/II trauma center, 60 percent of all trauma deaths in the United States occur in rural areas. And more than three-quarters of the nation’s 2,070 rural counties have a shortage of health professionals.
Building on previous Eccles Family Rural West Conferences in Santa Fe, Missoula, Ogden, and elsewhere, the Bill Lane Center invites members of the Stanford community and others to join us on January 26 to address the following questions: How can we best marshal the resources of Stanford University to contribute to the improvement of wellness and health care delivery in the rural West? And with whom should we partner in pursuit of those objectives?
We will focus on several topics: ambient environmental threats to wellness (e.g., air and water quality); chronic diseases with disproportionate instances in the rural West; problems of access and cost; staffing rural health facilities; and the urgent challenges that face rural communities struggling to cope with opioid and methamphetamine addiction.
Some members of the Stanford community from the Schools of Engineering, Humanities and Sciences, and Medicine are already identifying opportunities for impact. For example, Stanford has rapidly developed and adopted telemedicine to alleviate the demand for access to physicians in rural areas with no proper health facilities, according to the Stanford Medicine 2017 Health Trends report.
We seek to coordinate and amplify those efforts and make a real contribution to rural well-being. We hope you can join us.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Paul Brest Hall
|7:15–8:00||Coffee & Breakfast|
Statement on the Challenges of Rural Health
Panel 1: Environmental Determinants of Rural Health
Panel 2: Different Communities, Different Needs
Introduction: John Hennessy, Former President, Stanford University
Secretary Lynn Gallagher of New Mexico with Hope Eccles
Panel 3: Cost, Care, and Access
Roundtable: What can Stanford do?
Call to Action