The Minnesota Rural Health Association is offering their membership the opportunity to participate in a cyber conference on palliative care that will describe working models and future opportunities to offer these services in rural Minnesota.
Date: Friday, April 29,2011
Time: 12 Noon-1 P.M.
Topic: Palliative Care: Opportunities and Successes in Rural Minnesota
Palliative care aims to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life for people with advanced illness and their families. It is offered at the same time as all other medical treatments a person may be receiving (intended to provide comfort and relieve pain and other symptoms of chronically ill and dying patients).
Since 2008, Stratis Health, with the assistance from the Fairview Health Services' Palliative Care Program, has led palliative care initiatives with 16 rural Minnesota communities to assist in the development of community-based palliative care services.
In September 2010, the Northeast Minnesota AHEC was awarded a three-year $600,000 grant through the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration CFDA: 93.912 for the Rural Health Workforce Development Program. The project title is Palliative Care Initiative (Pall CI).
The goal of the Northeast Minnesota AHEC's Pall CI is to train, support, recruit, and retain primary care and allied health care professionals who have a commitment to providing palliative care in the Northeast Minnesota AHEC's mnHEALTHnet Network.
Learn about the findings from this work, additional opportunities for community support for developing rural palliative care services
Janelle Shearer, RN, BSN, MA: Janelle is a program manager with Stratis Health and is currently leading the Stratis Health Rural Palliative Care Projects.
Brendan L. Ashby, MBA, MPH, CHES, FACHE: Brendan is the executive director of the Northeast Minnesota Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
If you have interest in participating in this cyber conference, please contact Judith Neppel RN, MSA, Executive Director, Minnesota Rural Health Association to register.