Rural Health Learning Collaborative: Improving Heart Health in Rural America

March 6-7, 2018 | Washington, DC

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) Health Division hosted a multi-state convening as part of the Rural Health Learning Collaborative in Washington, D.C. The participating states included AlabamaIndianaLouisianaMissouri and Oregon. The meeting focused on strategies to improve heart health in rural areas.


March 6, 2018

Welcome & Introductions

  • Lauren Block, program director, Health Division, NGA Center
  • Tom Morris, associate administrator, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration

State Presentations of Action Plans

Leveraging Federal Initiatives: CDC Programs Focused on Health

  • Janet Wright, executive director, Million Hearts, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Lazette Lawton, lead, Advancing Population Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Using Evidence and Community-Driven Solutions to Drive Change

  • David Meyers, chief medical officer, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Linda Zittleman, co-director, High Plains Research Network, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Using Data to Inform Interventions and Evaluate Success 

  • Craig Jones, partner, Capitol Health Associates

Maximizing the Use of Care Teams to Drive Behavioral Change 

  • Mark Redding, director of quality improvement, Pathways Community HUB Institute
  • Charmaine Rochester-Eyeguokan, associate director, Patients Pharmacists Partnerships (P3) Program

State Team Planning

March 7, 2018

Cross-State Dialogue with the Speakers 

Implementing Programmatic and Policy Changes to Improve Heart Health 

  • Tari O’Connor, chief, Alaska Section of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Alaska Division of Public Health
  • Karen Shore, director of national food retail programs and director of consulting, The Food Trust

State Team Planning 

Leveraging Federal Initiatives: HRSA Programs Focused on Heart Health  

  • Sue Lin, quality division director, Bureau of Primary Health Care, Health Resources and Services Administration