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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

The Fifth Eccles Rural West Conference

Santa Fe, NM, March 2017


The event will be held 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 will be 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Preeti Hehmeyer at

Live Streaming on the Web

We are at capacity for the event, but we will be offering a live video stream of conference panels on Friday and Saturday. To be notified about how and when to connect, add your name to this form, download calendar reminders, or like the Bill Lane Center for the American West on Facebook.

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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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.