Indiana Rural Health Association 2017 Fall Forum: Harvesting Rural Solutions

November 16, 2017 all-day America/Indiana/Indianapolis Timezone
Bel Air
3014 S. Webster
Tina Elliott
812-478-3919 ext 222

Solving Big Problems in Small Towns – Jennifer Walthall, MD, Secretary, FSSA
Jennifer Walthall, MD, MPH,
was appointed Secretary of the Family and Social Services Administration by Governor Eric J. Holcomb effective January 9, 2017.  Dr. Walthall works clinically in the Riley Hospital for Children Emergency Department. 

FSSA is a healthcare and social service funding agency, particularly Medicaid. Ninety-four percent (94%) of the agency’s total budget is paid to thousands of service providers including RHCs.   Dr. Walthall will highlight Indiana’s challenges and share potential solutions for our rural communities.


The Great American Smokeout – Let’s Become Tobacco Free –  Miranda Spitznagle, MPH
Miranda Spitznagle, MPH,
is the Director for the Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Commission at the Indiana State Department of Health.  She has over 15 years of experience in tobacco control program evaluation, public health policy, strategic planning, grant writing and program monitoring and evaluation. She is responsible for providing overall program management of the Indiana’s statewide comprehensive tobacco control program.  Prior to working in tobacco control, Spitznagle worked as a health policy analyst for Indiana’s Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning focusing on data management and analysis and previously worked in as a neuroscience research technician at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  She holds a Master of Public Health from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Purdue University. She and her husband live in Indianapolis with their three sons.

The challenges with smoking cessation never end and the products are ever changing.   Tobacco counseling is a Medicare preventive service.


Partnering for Recovery in our Communities: A CMHC Perspective – Linda Grove-Paul, MPA, MSW
Linda Grove-Paul, MPA, MSW,
as Vice-President, Adult and Family Services, is responsible for all programming related to adults including addiction, forensic, supportive housing, and several state and federal grants. Centerstone provides comprehensive, integrated team based care to adults and families through our 20 county region. 

The Spirit of Healthcare – Lisa DeLong, RN, Studer Group Motivational Speaker
Lisa Delong, RN, is an international speaker, author, bereavement facilitator, ballroom dancer and mom! She inspires healthcare professionals with a powerful “reconnect to purpose” message using writing prompts, Salsa dancing and humor. Audiences are transformed as they recognize the value of their life experience and remember who they truly are. Her first-born son, Justin, died at the age of 15 in 2000 after a 10-year remission from leukemia. Shockingly, six years later, her youngest son, Jacob, was diagnosed with the same kind of non-familial leukemia. He has completed treatments and is now a healthy teen! Her memoir, Blood Brothers, touches the hearts of readers all over the world and is now required reading for nursing students. Lisa blogs about her perspectives on dance, spirituality, living with fear and returning to joy. She lives in Southern California with her husband of 33 years, her surviving son. Her family remains close and surprisingly sane.  Expect this presentation to get you out of your seat with a little bit of Salsa!

There will be a Hot Breakfast, Hot Luncheon, and Exhibitor Networking.

Each attendee is asked to bring 2 “healthy” non-perishable food items (low sodium, fruit “packed in its natural juice,” peanut butter, pasta, etc.) to combat food insecurity in rural areas.  Indiana’s State Association of Food Banks (Feeding Indiana’s Hungry) will assist with placing and picking up barrels at each IRHA event.




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