2019 NWRHC (NW Rural Health Conference)
 
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NWRHC Monday Intensive Workshops
 
 Morning Sessions
Behavioral Health Integration: Preparing Frontline Healthcare Staff for Behavioral Health Integration
Mercer A
8:30am-12:30pm 
 
Jennifer Johnston, Highline College
 
Examine workforce readiness and skills gaps. Introduce an educational model that prepares front line healthcare staff for Behavioral Health Integration. Provide participants with a menu of resources to prepare staff.
 
Caring for People with Serious Illness in Rural Communities 
Mercer B
8:30am-12:30pm
 
Pat Justis, WA State Department of Health, Office of Rural Health
Deb Watson, Pullman Regional Hospital
Stephanie Carpenter, Columbia County Health System, Dayton
Raleigh Bowden, Lookout Coalition, Twisp
Deb Kaldahl and Linda Tacker, Jefferson Health System, Home Health and Hospice
Marie Eaton and Sarah Bear, Pallative Care Institute, Western WA University
 
Palliative care is more than hospice and helpful at any stage in a serious illness. Participants will interact with a panel and other participants in a day devoted to learning about palliative care core concepts and skills, and how to build a community action plan that leads to culture change, improved access and a new way to think about serious illness care. Pat Justis, leader of the WA Rural Palliative Care Initiative and Executive Director of the State Office of Rural Health at WA State Department of Health will facilitate a panel of palliative care experts from Okanogan, Jefferson, Columbia, Whitman and Whatcom Counties. 
 
Telehealth Nuts and Bults: Readiness and Successful Implementation
Crystal A
8:30am-12:30pm
 
TBD 
 
Infection Prevention Workshop
Crystal C
8:30am-12:30pm
 
Hospital Response to High-Priority Multidrug Resistant Organisms.  This session is geared towards hospital infection preventionists.  Morning educational sessions will describe healthcare response to targeted multi-drug resistant organisms and feature speakers from state and local public health, hospital infection presentation, and infectious disease experts.  The afternoon will include a tabletop exercise to practice response activities to protect your patients and prevent transmission of highly drug resistant pathogens in the region.
 
How to Implement an On-Going Training and Education Plan
Orcas
8:30am-12:30pm
 
TBD
 
Emergency Planning: Implementing Emergency Preparedness Planning in Rural Facilities
Emerald
8:30am-12:30pm
 
Nathan Weed and Anne Newcombe, Department of Health 
 
TBD
 
 
 Afternoon Sessions
ETHICAL DILEMMAS IN ADULT SERVICES: Addressing Chemical Dependency Issues in Rural Families
Mercer A
1:00pm-5:00pm
 
Wendy Lustbader, University of Washington School of Social Work
 
Rural families and the care teams who assist them are facing increasing issues with chemical dependency, while targeted services may be in short supply and health care resources may be hours away. When someone involved in alcohol or drug use needs caregiving at home, the dilemmas quickly multiply. This person may be displaying other signs of self-neglect, such as misusing prescription medications, failing to follow through with rehab, and violating dietary restrictions when under the influence. A related issue is when older parents facing illness or frailty find themselves living at the mercy of adult children involved in alcohol and drugs. This workshop will explore realistic approaches for inter-professional care teams assisting individuals and families in these complex situations.
 
Caring for People with Serious Illness in Rural Communities, Cont'd.
Mercer B
1:00pm-5:00pm
 
Pat Justis, WA State Department of Health, Office of Rural Health
Deb Watson, Pullman Regional Hospital
Stephanie Carpenter, Columbia County Health System, Dayton
Raleigh Bowden, Lookout Coalition, Twisp
Deb Kaldahl and Linda Tacker, Jefferson Health System, Home Health and Hospice
Marie Eaton and Sarah Bear, Pallative Care Institute, Western WA University
 
Palliative care is more than hospice and helpful at any stage in a serious illness. Participants will interact with a panel and other participants in a day devoted to learning about palliative care core concepts and skills, and how to build a community action plan that leads to culture change, improved access and a new way to think about serious illness care. Pat Justis, leader of the WA Rural Palliative Care Initiative and Executive Director of the State Office of Rural Health at WA State Department of Health will facilitate a panel of palliative care experts from Okanogan, Jefferson, Columbia, Whitman and Whatcom Counties.
 
Telemental Innovation Panels: Operations, Services, and Strategies for Improving Access and Quality of Care on a Budget
Crystal A
1:00pm-5:00pm
 
TBD
 
Shift to Value-Based Purchasing
Crystal B
1:00pm-5:00pm
 
TBD
 
Infection Prevention Workshop, Cont'd.
Crystal C
1:00pm-5:00pm
 
Hospital Response to High-Priority Multidrug Resistant Organisms. This session is geared towards hospital infection preventionists. Morning educational sessions will describe healthcare response to targeted multi-drug resistant organisms and feature speakers from state and local public health, hospital infection presentation, and infectious disease experts. The afternoon will include a tabletop exercise to practice response activities to protect your patients and prevent transmission of highly drug resistant pathogens in the region.
 
Distributive Education and EMS
Orcas
1:00pm-5:00pm
 
TBD
 
Emergency Planning: Implementing Emergency Preparedness Planning in Rural Facilities
Emerald
1:00pm-5:00pm
 
Nathan Weed and Anne Newcombe, Department of Health
 
TBD
 
 
 
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