Distance Learning

Rural Health and the Law: Problems, Public Health Approaches, and Potential Legal Solutions, All Parts

Session Dates: September 12, October 10, November 14
Time (All Sessions): 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern (90 minutes) 
Sessions Format: Live Webinars

In the wake of the 2016 presidential elections, media attention was drawn to the increasingly divergent economic fortunes of rural and urban America. Rural areas have suffered from high rates of outmigration and loss of human resources, and some predominantly rural regions, especially in Appalachia, have seen marked declines in life expectancy and other health indicators. One key factor in this decline has been diminished access to healthcare: rural hospitals, in contrast to their well-funded urban counterparts, have struggled to keep the lights on. Hospital groups have increasingly consolidated operations, leaving rural hospitals understaffed and underfunded. Hospital closures are far from the only negative health trend impacting rural areas: the opioid epidemic too, is concentrated primarily in rural areas. Participants in all three programs will come away with an understanding of drivers of this disparity, and innovations in public health and healthcare to address these issues. Legal and policy solutions will be discussed including the use of telemedicine, medical-legal partnerships, rural accountable care organizations, and county-based care integration models.

This webinar series will serve to bring awareness to the unique health needs of rural communities, and o inform and educate public health and health lawyers, their clients, and partners across the health care system, about the growing disparity between rural and urban health outcomes, and ways that laws and legal frameworks can be used to address this issue. This monthly series will begin in September and end in November, on November 14th, one week before the nation celebrates National Rural Health Day.

Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

  • Rural Health and the Law, Part II

    Includes a Live Event on 10/10/2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    Integrating Legal Services into Recovery Efforts: Can Medical-Legal Partnerships Help?

    Time: 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern (90 minutes)
    Format: Live Webinar
    Topic:  Integrating Legal Services into Recovery Efforts: Can Medical-Legal Partnerships Help?

    The second webinar in the 3-part series will be co-sponsored by AHLA’s In-House Counsel Practice Group, and will be focused on public health and legal approaches to addressing the opioid epidemic in rural communities. Speakers will explore the data related to disparities in opioid related health outcomes in rural and urban communities. And, at the heart of this program will be a discussion about how medical-legal services partnerships (MLPs) can serve as a critical recovery service, when coupled with medical and behavioral health services.

    Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

    • AHLA Member: $0
    • Non-AHLA Member: $50

    Partner(s):

    • Public Health System
    • CDC's Public Health Law Program

    Ellie Bane, JD (Moderator)

    General Counsel

    Ector County Hospital District-Medical Center Health System
    Houston, TX
    Bio

    Ellen Lawton, JD

    Co-Principal Investigator and Lead Research Scientist

    The National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
    Department of Health Policy & Management
    The Milken Institute School of Public Health
    The George Washington University
    Washington, DC

    Mark J. Cardosi, JD

    Managing Attorney

    Portsmouth Office
    Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (SEOLS)
    Bio

  • Rural Health and the Law, Part III

    Includes a Live Event on 11/14/2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

    Narrowing the Rural Health Disparity Gap: Success in Using ACO’s and Integrated Care Models

    Time: 2:00-3:30 PM Eastern (90 minutes)
    Format: Live Webinar
    Topic: Narrowing the Rural Health Disparity Gap: Success in Using ACO’s and Integrated Care Models

    In the third and final webinar in the series, speakers will offer comments on health care reform initiatives designed to improve quality and lower costs, for better population health, including accountable care models and integrated care models, and will highlight evidence of success in using these models to narrow rural health disparities.

    Level of Difficulty: Intermediate

    • AHLA Member: $0
    • Non-AHLA Member: $50

    Partner(s):

    • Public Health System
    • CDC's Public Health Law Program

    Andrea Ferrari JD, MPH (Moderator)

    Partner

    Health Care Appraisers
    Boca Raton, FL
    Chair, Public Health Systems Affinity Group
    Bio

  • AHLA Member: $0
  • Non-AHLA Member: $150


Partner(s):

  • Public Health System
  • CDC's Public Health Law Program