National rural health conference comes to Asheville this week

Here’s the press release from the NC Department of Health and Human Services:

Asheville, N.C. – On Monday, October 28, Dr. Robin Cummings, acting state health director and DHHS deputy secretary for Health Services, will deliver opening remarks at the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) Annual Meeting in Asheville.

The annual NOSORH meeting, which runs from October 28-30, aims to help State Offices of Rural Health in their efforts to provide quality health care services in under-served areas.

This year, NC DHHS’s Office of Rural Health and Community Care celebrates its 40th anniversary and is the oldest in the nation to focus on addressing rural health needs. Since 1973, the Office of Rural Health has grown beyond its original mission to establish a network of rural health centers. Today, the office administers a budget of about $37 million and provides services in all 100 counties, with a focus on equipping local communities with capacity for telehealth services, specifically telepsychiatry, to address unmet needs. Over the past year, the office has brought more than 160 health providers to underserved communities and has leveraged at least $135 million in free drugs for uninsured residents.

WHO: Dr. Robin Cummings, acting state health director and DHHS deputy secretary
for Health Services

WHAT: Opening remarks at National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
(NOSORH) Annual Meeting

WHERE: Grand Ballroom- Salon A and B

Renaissance Asheville Hotel
31 Woodfin Street
Asheville, NC 28801

WHEN: Monday, October 28, 2013

Opening remarks will begin at 1 p.m.


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