September 20 2019

Inaugural Rural Health Clinical Congress Scheduled in Conjunction with National Rural Health Day 2019

TRUMBULL, CT, September 20, 2019 — Although 20% of the US population, an estimated 57 million people, lives in rural areas, only 9% of physicians practice there. As a result of ongoing provider shortages, rural America represents one of the largest physician-underserved populations in the country.

Primary care providers face unique challenges, as patients from rural areas often have more complex needs and advanced illnesses. They also have limited opportunities for continuing education, requiring them to travel and incur expenses.

To improve access to high-quality, tailored complimentary continuing education exclusively for primary care health professionals practicing in rural and underserved populations, Rural Medical Education (RME) Collaborative, a division of Talem Health, announces its inaugural Rural Health Clinical Congress (RHCC).

RHCC 2019 is set to launch in conjunction with the annual National Rural Health Day (NRHD). NRHD is celebrated on the third Thursday of November and was founded by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). RME Collaborative partnered with NOSORH, as well as Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM), to develop this virtual and dynamic full-day continuing education event that takes place on Saturday, November 23, 2019.

The complimentary conference will occur entirely online. Through an innovative platform, participants across the US will have the opportunity to engage and interact with expert faculty in real time. Topics for RHCC 2019 include management of uncontrolled asthma, heart failure, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes, and teledermatology implementation.

“As a physician in rural Minnesota, I understand that medical practice and patient care is different in rural and underserved areas. Our goal is to provide a comprehensive curriculum covering clinical, practice management, and patient-centric topics that is tailored for clinicians, their practice, and the patients they serve,” said Barbara Yawn, MD, Chair of RHCC 2019.

Eric VanStone, Principal of Talem Health and the driver of the organization’s rural initiatives, said, “Our mission with RHCC 2019, and all that we offer year-round, is to take the distance out of the equation so that rural health professionals have what they need to serve their patients best, while offering them outstanding and no-cost options for their continuing education.”


RME Collaborative
Talem Health, LLC is a provider of medical education. Our mission is to engage and empower healthcare providers through high-quality, meaningful education.

Talem Health developed Rural Medical Education (RME) Collaborative to focus on rural care and needs. RME Collaborative aims to support the professional and educational needs of rural healthcare professionals by providing high-quality, evidence-based continuing medical education. Through strategic partnerships and planning, RME Collaborative devises educational programs that are tailored to the specific challenges of care in rural areas.

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health (SORH). State Offices of Rural Health are key conveners and anchors of information in every state and provided technical assistance to over 70,000 clients last year. NOSORH and the 50 SORH are dedicated to building the capacity of SORHs and their stakeholders to improve the health of rural America through education, partnerships, and advocacy to grow an innovative rural health landscape, cultivate leadership for population health and health equity, and build capacity for data driven decision making and programming. Contact: Ashley Muninger,

NOSORH launched National Rural Health Day (NRHD) in 2009. Celebrated on the third Thursday of November each year, NRHD has become the most widely recognized annual day to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America while also bringing to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face—and showcasing the efforts of rural health providers, State Offices of Rural Health, and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges. Contact: Michelle Rathman,

Postgraduate Institute for Medicine
The Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM) has been providing trusted independent continuing education for healthcare professionals since 1979 and is a recognized leader for jointly provided continuing education activities. PIM is nationally accredited to certify education and issue continuing education credit to an interprofessional or multidisciplinary audience of learners, including physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, dentists, optometrists, healthcare executives, addiction counselors, and clinical laboratory professionals.

The purpose of the PIM continuing healthcare education program is to deliver effective CME/CE activities that are designed to contribute to the professional development of physicians, as well as other healthcare professionals, support the development and function of collaborative interprofessional teams, and positively impact the delivery of healthcare.


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