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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

Complete Video - Fifth Eccles Family Rural West Conference





Attendees and organizers talk about the vital conversations about the future of rural western health and health care that took place in Santa Fe at the Eccles Family Rural West Conference on March 23-25, 2017. Full video of the conference is available in this playlist.

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



Select a Speaker or Topic

  •   C. Hope Eccles, Advisory Council, Welcomecue video bio  
  •   David J. Hayes, Stanford University, “Healthy Landscapes, Healthy Westerners” cue video bio  
  •   Michael Brown, PhD, School for Advanced Research, cue video bio  
  •   Bruce Cain, PhD, Stanford University, cue video bio  
  •   Former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman , “Two Critical Issues, Zero Innovative Solutions” cue video bio  
  •   David M. Kennedy, PhD, Stanford University, Special Remarks: “Earning the Rural West”cue video bio  
  •   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 Washington cue video bio  
  •   Moderator: Phil Polakoff, MD, Stanford University cue video bio  
  •   Secretary Lynn Gallagher, State of New Mexico Department of Health, “The New Mexico Perspective”cue video bio  
  •   Sally M. Davis, PhD, University of New Mexico, “Creating Healthier Communities in the Rural West”cue video bio  
  •   Arthur Kaufman, MD, University of New Mexico, “Better Health for the Rural West: Lessons from New Mexico” cue video bio  
  •   Moderator: Phil Polakoff, MD, Stanford University cue video bio  
  •   Charles Sorenson, MD, Intermountain Health Leadership Institute cue video bio  
  •   Chitra Dinakar, MD, Stanford University, “From Hospital to Home: Changing the Paradigm of Asthma Care” cue video bio  
  •   Gabriel Garcia, MD, Stanford University cue video bio  
  •   Moderator: Patrick Shea cue video bio  
  •   Anthony Rampton, Utah Attorney General’s Office, Public Lands Section cue video bio  
  •   Jenna Whitlock, Retired, Bureau of Land Management cue video bio  
  •   John Freemuth, Boise State University, cue video bio  
  •   Moderator: Bruce Cain, Stanford University, cue video bio  
  •   Michele Barry, MD, FACP, Stanford University, “Health Disparities in the Rural American West” cue video bio  
  •   Bret Smoker MD, MPH, Indian Health Service, “Health Equity and Social Disparity: The Native American Perspective” cue video bio  
  •   Charles N. Martin, Jr., Martin Ventures cue video bio  
  •   Denise Herrera, MS, PhD, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “From Vision & Evidence to Action” cue video bio  
  •   Moderator: Felicity Barringer, Stanford University, cue video bio  
  •   Rita Maguire, Maguire, Pearce & Storey LLC, “Ensuring Secure and Affordable Water Supplies in the Rural West” cue video bio  
  •   Rodney Lewis, Akin Gump LLP cue video bio  
  •   Bill Armstrong, U.S. Forest Service cue video bio  
  •   Anne Bradley, The Nature Conservancy cue video bio  
  •   Moderator: James Bettinger, Stanford University, cue video bio  
  •   Kate Schimel, High Country News, cue video bio  
  •   Tazbah McCullah, KSFR Santa Fe Public Radio, cue video bio  
  •   Alisa Barba, Inside Energy News, cue video bio  
  •   Phil Polakoff, cue video bio  
  •   Bruce Cain, Stanford University, cue video bio  












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.