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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

Panel 1: What Will Deliver a Healthier Rural West?

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Experts from different disciplines took stock of the health of today’s Rural West. Thinking broadly about health — personal, population, environmental, and ecosystem health — panelists explored the critical issues confronting rural westerners. In discussing the region’s current landscape, this interactive session challenged all conference participants to share their best ideas with one another toward forging an action plan to deliver a healthier rural West.

Held March 24, 2017 at the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe, NM


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  •   Moderator: Christopher Muste, PhD, University of Montana cue video bio  
  •   Phil Polakoff, Stanford University, “Doing Health Care Differently” cue video bio  
  •   William deBuys, Writer and Conservationist cue video bio  
  •   Craig Thomas, PhD, University of Washingtoncue video bio  

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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.