Access to Healthcare in Rural Areas to be explored at the Livable Appalachia Summit Aug. 4

Press release from AARP

Many 50+ adults struggle to access the affordable, quality health coverage and care they need. AARP and community collaborators in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee will explore the unique challenges and opportunities of access to health care in the South-Central Appalachian Region during this free virtual summit.

The Livable Appalachia Summit session on access to care is from 2-3:30 p.m. August 4. This is a virtual event. Click here for registration and additional information.

Moderated by North Carolina Health News editor Rose Hoban, community leaders will discuss alternative approaches to accessing healthcare and explore policy choices.

Sign Language Interpreters will be available. Should you need other accommodations, please call the media contact.

Panelists include: 

Rose Hoban (moderator) — Founder, Editor, Reporter of North Carolina Health News. 
Prior to the Health News, Hoban has spent more than six years as the health reporter for North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC, where she covered health care, state health policy, science and research with a focus on public health issues.

Virginia H. Templeton, MD, Executive Director, MemoryCare 
Dr. Templeton is Board Certified in family medicine with added qualifications in hospice and palliative medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Templeton holds an adjunct faculty appointment from UNC School of Medicine and is committed to education of professionals and others in the community about healthy aging.

Delegate Sam Rasoul, Virginia General Assembly Delegate 
Delegate Rasoul has represented Roanoke since 2014. He has a background in healthcare administration, nonprofit management, finance, and organizational change.

Teresa Darnall, Associate Professor and Nursing Curriculum Coordinator at West Virginia Junior College 
Darnell has worked in health administration for over 15 years in Canada and over a dozen in the US. She has presented at several international and national conferences on leadership, strategic planning, nursing leadership, and nursing education. Her research interests are transitional care and community and public health nursing education best practices. She holds Certification as a Nurse Educator.

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