Providers Conference Presentations and Podcast

The Virginia Rural Health Association’s Rural Providers conference was a great success this year in South Boston, VA.  If you attended the event and would like a copy of the presenter presentations follow the link: 2017 Rural Providers Conference. They can be found under the “about our sessions” tab.  

Also, check out the Rural Matters podcast with John White – a biweekly podcast about rural education, business, and health.  Listen to VRHA’s Summer Sage and ETSU’s Robert Pack discuss current initiatives to combat and prevent drug abuse.  In the second half of the episode, National Rural Health Association’s Maggie Elehwany talks rural health policy at the federal level and why rural America matters.  

CME Opportunity – Prescription Drug Abuse Forums

One Care of Southwest Virginia has several upcoming Prescription Drug Abuse Forums that are eligible for CME, CNE, and continuing pharmacy education credits. There is no registration fee for these events. However, attendee space is limited, so early registration is essential.

Forums will be held on the following dates:

October 28, Fisherville, VA
October 29, Lynchburg, VA
March 3, Martinsville, VA
March 4, Roanoke, VA

For more information or to register, click here.

Fisherville Informational Flyer

Lynchburg Informational Flyer

CME Opportunity – Opioid Prescribing: Pain Management in a New Era



UVa School of Medicine has a web based video course that focuses on the management and current regulations associated with opioid prescribing in Virginia. Participants will watch a video presentation and then complete a post test activity with a passing score of 80% in order to receive CME credit.

This course and its resources meet the requirements for opioid training described by the Virginia Board of Medicine.

Formore information or to register for the course, click here.


Head for the Hills 2017 Presentations

We are so thankful for the wonderful presenters and attendees that made this year’s Head for the Hills such a success. If you attended and would like to revisit information you heard in one of the sessions,  our speakers have generously provided copies of their presentations for your reference, which can be accessed by clicking the titles in the agenda below.


2017 Head for the Hills Agenda

Friday Sept. 29

Addiction: A Love/Hate Relationship
Dr. Melanie Skeen

Common Contributors to Pain in Outpatient Medicine
Dr. Joshua H. Dalton

9:40 -10:30
Patient Voices:

Why I Can’t take Narcotics
Kim Curtis

Why Pain Meds Help Me
Susan Hammrick

The New VA Guidelines on Pain Treatment and what they mean for Primary Care Providers
Mary McMasters, MD

We’re Glad You’re Here
Senator Chafin

Saturday Sept. 30

Foster Kids and Opioids
Jon Holmes & Ken Taylor

Law Enforcement and Implications for Prescribers
Special Agent Phil Hagwood

Virginia Healthcare: Key Strategies, Value Performance, Health Status and Policy Priorities
Chris Bailey

Preparing for an HIV Outbreak in a Rural Community
Dr. Charles Helton

Educating Children about Sugar and Exercise in the Community
Dr. Mylanie Facelo

Why We Need You
Delegate Todd Pillion


High Risk Patient Education Program

The Virginia Rural Health Association was one of 10 rural health organizations selected to receive Rural Health Opioid Program (RHOP) funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This award will allow VRHA to develop a protocol and resources for a High-Risk Patient Education Program (HRPEP).

HRPEP will assist Virginia’s rural hospitals and clinics with providing education on the hazards of opioid use to patients who might be at a high risk of developing an opioid related substance use disorder. Providers will also learn how to teach patients to correctly respond to an opioid overdose.

Facilities will receive a smart device equipped to deliver a brief screening and intervention known as e-SBI (electronic screening and brief intervention). Overdose rescue kits will also be supplied for patients and family members who have received the overdose response education, and contain: rescue breathing masks, rubber gloves, an educational insert, and information on how to obtain naloxone.

VRHA will be traveling to each participating site in order to train clinic staff in the protocol to implement HRPEP. Sites will also receive “train-the-trainer” instruction, which will allow clinics to provide future staff trainings in-house.

Participation in this program is free of charge and sites will be included on a first come, first serve basis. We currently have the funding to include 29 facilities.

If your clinic would like to be included in this opportunity, please contact:

Mindy Thorpe, Program Coordinatorlogo 2
(540) 231-3899