2020 NIH Rural Health Seminar: Challenges in the Era of COVID-19

Date and Time:

Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ET


NIH Videocast
The virtual event is FREE and open to the public. Registration is required.


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Speaker Biographies:

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About the Seminar:

Today, approximately 20% of the U.S. population—about 60 million people—live in rural areas, which make up 97% of the land area in the United States. People living in rural America have less access to health care and are more likely than residents of urban areas to die from chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and chronic lower respiratory disease. Moreover, long-standing systemic health and social inequities have put many rural residents at increased risk of getting COVID-19. The rural/urban inequities in health and health care warrant more rigorous and innovative scientific research to improve testing, contact tracing, and future vaccination for rural Americans. This seminar will explore the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, systems and workforce issues, and community engagement to respond to the pandemic.

Key Audiences:

  • NIH & HHS staff, fellows, contractors, interns, trainees/students
  • Researchers, medical practitioners
  • Health policy representatives and legislators
  • HRSA, Rural Health Information Hub
  • Community stakeholders/general public

Co-Sponsoring NIH Institutes and Centers:

  • National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

Planning Committee:

Priscah Mujuru Dr.PH., M.P.H., R.N. NIMHD, Co-Chair
Xinzhi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. NCATS, Co-Chair
Ligia Artiles, M.A. NIMHD
Rick Berzon, Dr.PH., P.A. NIMHD
Dorothy Castille, Ph.D. NIMHD
Brandin DeChabert, B.A. NIDA
Qi Duan, Ph.D. NIBIB
Minnjuan Flournoy-Floyd, Ph.D. NIDA
Sai Majii, Ph.D. NICHD
Janki Patel, M.B.A. NIMHD
Melissa Green Parker, Ph.D. NIH OD
Antoinette Percy-Laurry, Dr.PH., M.SP.H. NCI
Antonello Punturieri, M.D., Ph.D. NHLBI
Rebekah Rasooly, Ph.D. NINR
Rob Rivers, Ph.D. NIDDK
Darien Weatherspoon, D.D.S., M.P.H. NIDCR
Sallie Weaver, Ph.D., M.H.S. NCI

Individuals with disabilities who need Sign Language Interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Edgar Dews at Edgar.Dews@nih.gov, 301-402-1366, and/or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).