Category Archives: cultural competency

Head for the Hills Agenda

GMEC is pleased to present the agenda for our 2016 annual conference and retreat, Head for the Hills, below! Come unwind, dine, and play with us for two days in the beautiful Hungry Mother State Park while learning from some of Virginia’s leading rural health experts. Families of attending medical professionals are very welcome and activities have been planned for your enjoyment.

Head for the Hills 2016 Schedule:
Hungry Mother State Park, Marion, VA

Friday Sept. 30

7:00 a.m.

Registration opens
Coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available

Child care can be provided 8-noon for those requesting it.

7:15-8:30

Continental breakfast available

8:00-8:50

NUTRITION TIPS FOR YOUR PATIENTS
Kathy Hosig, PhD, MPH, RD Virginia Tech

8:50-9:40

POWER AND POLITICS: LEADING IN A TIME OF CHANGE –
Lorenzo Pence, DO, FACOFP, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

9:40 -10:00

BREAK (fruit provided)

10:00-10:50

Clinical Documentation Toolbox
Nora Blankenbecler, Director, Health Information Technology Certification Program, Mountain Empire Community College

10:50-11:40

PSYCHIATRY IN SW VA: What Primary Care Physicians Should Know –
Sarah Hazelwood, DO, Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Marion, Virginia

11:40-NOON

HABIT AND HABITUS: A Faith-based Health Initiative (Resident Presentation) –
Dr. Troy Reece, PGY2, Johnston Memorial Hospital Family Medicine Residency

12:15

LUNCH

FREE REST OF DAY – Group rates are available at the historic Lincoln Theatre in downtown Marion. Hikes, the beach, paddle boats, and other activities are available within the park. Several restaurants are available in town. There is no communal dinner, but GMEC is happy to provide your evening meal in the park, same set menu, available during restaurant hours; because of the many options available via the park and town, we are not planning to offer children’s entertainment.

Saturday Oct. 1

7:30 a.m.

Breakfast and registration

Child care can be provided 8-noon for those requesting it.

8:00-8:50

WHAT DOCTORS NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TELEHEALTH 
Kathy Wibberly, PhD, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center at University of Virginia

8:50-9:40

BREAKOUT SESSIONS –

9:40-10:00

BREAK

CHECK OUT
Required check out from your cabin; luggage may be brought to the lecture hall

10:00-10:50

PATIENT VOICES
Jane Bennett, Cancer Survivor and Advocate

10:50-11:40

BREAKING BAD NEWS: Communicating a Difficult Diagnosis or Lifestyle Change –
Thomas Ward Bishop

11:40-12:30

SUD TREATMENT EXPANSION BY MEDICAID –
Sue Cantrell, MD, LENOWISCO Health District Director, VDH

12:30-1:00

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Secretary Bill Hazel, MD, Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources

LUNCH

Box lunches will be provided; eat at your leisure in the conference center, or take it with you if you need to depart.

Please feel free to stay and enjoy the park after the conference concludes!

 

The Big-City Guide to Small-Town Living

The GMEC blog will be taking a break for the holiday season.  We leave you with this essay from the Daily Yonder:

I watched over the last decade or so as successful big-city professionals retire and move out to the fringes of my rural town. They typically buy farms or ranchettes and imagine themselves living in a sylvan or riverine setting with big horned owls hooting and coyotes howling in the distance after a kill. Some of them learn to fit in and truly find a home. Many others make it about five years and move back to the city or elsewhere, inevitably “to be closer to their grandkids.”

I wondered, what makes for a successful transition to the small-town life that I love so much. The following 10 rules I personally pulled out of a very authoritative hat.

Read the 10 Rules for Small-Town Living.

SEPTEMBER NATIONAL CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH

September Childhood Obesity AwarenesssAccording to healthfinder.gov one in three children in the United States is overweight or obese.  Childhood obesity puts kids at risk for health problems that were once seen only in adults, like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.

Complications of childhood obesity are:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver Disease
  • Asthma
  • High Cholesterol
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Emotional & Mental Health
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Feet Problems

September Childhood Obesity Contributing Factors