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Fifth Annual Eccles Family Rural West Conference

A Healthier Rural West: Critical Issues…Innovative Solutions

Santa Fe, New Mexico, March 23-25, 2017

Announcing the Fifth Eccles Rural West Conference in Santa Fe, March 2017

Complete Video of Conference Sessions Now Available

 

"A Healthier Rural West"

We have now published video of the complete conference proceedings. Go to the panels page to view the conference schedule, and pick a panel to start watching. We are also pleased to share a five-minute overview of the conference produced by Dr. Phil Polakoff and Vladimir Chaloupka.

View the Panel Videos »

 

Toward a Healthier Rural West

In Santa Fe, Center Convenes Innovative Leaders to Tackle Rural issues

School for Advanced Study

The Stanford News Service has a recap of the Fifth Eccles Family Rural West Conference, which concluded on March 25 at the School for Advanced Study in Santa Fe. We will be providing more analysis and videos of the keynotes and panels in the coming days and weeks; the archived live video stream is also available for watching now.

The organizers and attendees are also at work on a plan for future activity and efforts at addressing the public health, economic, and environmental challenges to the communities of the rural North American West. We will share more details as we have them. To contact the organizers, please email Preeti Hehmeyer at the Bill Lane Center for the American West.

Read the report at the Stanford News Service »

 

The Fifth Eccles Rural West Conference

Santa Fe, March 2017

The event is taking place in beautiful Santa Fe, home of our collaborators, the School for Advanced Research. (Photo: Kent Kanouse via Flickr)

The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University is hosting the Spence and Cleone Eccles Family Rural West Conference from March 23-25, 2017 at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.

The Rural West Conference is interdisciplinary, bringing together academics, lawyers, journalists, and policymakers to share knowledge and ideas about the Rural West. Attendees represent the small handful of people at their universities and organizations who work on rural issues, and the Rural West Conference has become a forum for engaging and energizing work. We are excited to hold this year's conference in New Mexico’s historic capital city.

This year's conference theme is “A Healthier Rural West: Critical Issues…Innovative Solutions.” At our fifth annual conference, we shift our focus from identifying challenges to engaging policymakers, practitioners and academics to develop solutions that can be deployed throughout the Rural West. Using health as our lens, speakers and panelists seek to answer the fundamental question: what will deliver a healthier Rural West? Panels will address public and personal health, environmental health, public land management, and news consumption in the Rural West.

Organized by the Bill Lane Center for the American West and the School for Advanced Research, and sponsored by the Spencer F. and Cleone P. Eccles Family Foundation.

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Organizers

      

Rural West Conference Volume

Bridging the Distance

Common Issues of the Rural West

Edited by David B. Danbom

Foreword by David M. Kennedy

Published in cooperation with the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Stanford University
 
The University of Utah Press has published Bridging the Distance, a book by the Rural West Initiative of the Bill Lane Center for the American West. Edited by the distinguished historian David B. Danbom and with a foreword by Center co-founding director David M. Kennedy, the book explores the Rural West across four dimensions: Community, Land, Economics – and defining the Rural West itself. The book is the result of work presented at the first Conference on the Rural West, which took place in Ogden, Utah, in October 2012.