Register today for the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health

Registration is now open for the 25th anniversary of the Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health to be held April 13-15, 2010, at the Alerus Center. The conference is an interdisciplinary forum for rural health care professionals, public health professionals, educators, researchers, administrators and those interested in improving health care services in rural areas.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Health Care in Transition: Creative Strategies” and will feature the following keynote presenters.
• Jim Hart, director, Executive Program in Public Health Practice and the North Central Public Health Leadership Institute, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, presenting “Health Leadership for the Emerging Future”
• Robert Kelley, President, UND, presenting “Innovative Approaches to the Challenges Facing Health Care Delivery in Rural North Dakota”
• Wanda Agnew, director of Nutrition Services, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health; Karen Ehrens, health and nutrition consultant, Ehrens Consulting; and Sandra Poitra, community dietician, Quentin N. Burdick Memorial Health Care Facility, presenting ”Food is More than Something to Eat”
• Tom Morris, director, Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, presenting a national update on rural and public health in a session titled “Rural Health Care in Transition”

The conference also includes preconference workshops, a variety of breakout sessions, poster presentations, evening workshops and the annual awards banquet. Go to for a complete schedule and additional information. Please register by noon Friday, March 19, 2010, by filling out the online form found at

The 2010 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health is facilitated by the Center for Rural Health at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences (UNDSMHS) and supported by the Center for Rural Health (UNDSMHS), Department of Family and Community Medicine (UNDSMHS), UND College of Nursing, Altru Health System, North Dakota Public Health Association and North Dakota Rural Health Association. For more information on the conference, please visit
-- Tara Mertz, communications specialist, Center for Rural Health,, 777-0871