Featured Speaker: Sue Cantrell

We are so excited to see all of you tomorrow at Head for the Hills 2016! To tide you over until then, here is one last session summary from our featured speaker list.


Learn the ways in which Medicaid supports or does not support treatment for Substance Abuse, and how to maintain best practice in ambulatory care or hospital settings for treatment of patients in family practice. Participants will receive practical information on administrative issues concomitant with best standards of care.

HFTH Breakout Session

The following is a synopsis of the third of three breakout sessions we will be offering at Head for the Hills 2016. Participants will be able to select one of the three sessions to attend.

Not every path leads to a hospital or clinic. Join VDH Health Director Melody Counts for an informal chat about the amazing views from a road less traveled.

If you haven’t had the chance to yet, it is still not too late to register!


Head for the Hills Breakout Session

In addition to our agenda full of featured speakers, Head for the Hills 2016 is also offering participants a choice of one of three breakout sessions for a customizable conference experience. The following is a description of one of the three selectable groups.

Insurance 101

To many young physicians, acquiring professional liability insurance is uncharted territory. There may be a mistaken belief that someone else will be taking care of this and that they don’t need to be involved in purchasing this type of insurance. This could not be further from the truth!  It is the goal of this program to look at the types of legal exposures that physicians may be faced with when providing health care services beyond medical school and residency.  This program will also give participants parameters on how to evaluate a company and products that will best serve to protect their assets and reputation.

– Martha Hess, Professionals Advocate Insurance Company

Don’t forget to register.

Featured Speaker: Troy Reece

Head for the Hills 2016 is only a month away. Here’s a summary from another of our featured speakers, Dr. Troy Reece, who will be offering insights on collaborative initiatives between medical and faith-based stakeholders. It’s sure to be an enlightening session!

Habit and Habitus:  A Faith-based Initiative

This initiative is based at Johnston Memorial Hospital. It is conceived as an ongoing effort at liaison with local faith communities regarding intra-congregational communication about health issues, specifically smoking and obesity. We believe that all religions, and specifically Christianity, hold that the human body is a divine gift, and that caring for it is right, and abusing it is wrong.  

The hope is that the prevalence of faith communities in the area, and the strong influence they have on the behavior of their members, combined with a faith-based approach to health behaviors could produce a “tipping point” in regional culture. Perhaps if the faith communities became more consistently active and involved with helping and directing their members in healthy behaviors (specifically avoiding tobacco use, and eating well and exercising); and particularly in ensuring that children are raised with this knowledge, it could engender a pervasive cultural revival.

Appalachia has a proud history of religious faith, bravery, self-sufficiency, creativity, musicality, and knowledge of the land. However, the local population is more static than in other parts of the country.  There are significant remaining subsistence behaviors (crafts, gardens, hunting). We think these characteristics prime the population for this change.

Our goal is to foster, in a supportive way, the spread of this aspect of faith through a number of participating religious congregations. We will not limit the effort to Christian organizations, but the fact that this area is predominantly Christian, and that the native population in whom the gravest effects of smoking and obesity are seen is overwhelmingly Christian will effectively make Christian churches the focus of the effort.

Registration is still open.