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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

Welcome and Conference Opening

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Watch a five-minute overview video of the 2017 conference that explores the possibility of improving rural western health and wellness. Also, keynote addresses by former Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes, C. Hope Eccles of the Eccles Family Foundation, former Senator Jeff Bingaman, Prof. David M. Kennedy and others.

Sessions from March 23 and 24, 2017 in Santa Fe, NM


Speakers Click name to cue video

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Panel 3: Housing


Related Readings

Defining the Rural West

The Historical Rural West

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A Healthier Rural West »



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.