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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 3: A Healthier Rural Westerner

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The western frontier often evokes imagery of rugged individuals, confronting challenges with a strong spirit of personal determination. What happens when that stereotype meets reality? Understanding the individuals of the West and how they see themselves can help healthcare providers better tailor their outreach and programs to the rural westerner. This panel explored how demographics impact individual health and health care decisions, specifically discussing issues of patient-centric care, including addiction, chronic disease, and preventive actions (nutrition, fitness, etc.).

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


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Panel Recap

Stanford clinical professor of medicine Chitra Dinakar advocated for physicians to “empower the patient to take care of their own health” and to collaborate with patients to create meaningful strategies for care. Her work in this area created a risk stratification model that led to a decrease in the return visits of asthma patients. Stanford professor of medicine Gabriel Garcia described the plight of migrant workers – living in poverty and doing dangerous work – and the health barriers they face while providing an invaluable economic service.


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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.