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Matt Rafalski.Plans for starting basic informatics or improving advanced informatics will be presented though the lens of personal faith and an FQHC organization that cares for inner city and rural populations.
JD Miller.Health in rural America is different than in urban America. This session will look at some of these differences and stories will be shared from experiences of working in rural America.
"Rural America" conjures up warm, innocent images from Norman Rockwell paintings. Today, however, small town America could not be further from this picture. Broken homes, epidemic drug abuse, staggering unemployment, and paralyzing depression have ravaged these once nostalgic streets. We’re not in Mayberry anymore! God has called all of us to serve, yet medical missions in rural America have been neglected due to the needs of other parts of the world. Dr. Thomas will have an interactive discussion with a rising ETSU medical student who is plotting out his own journey and seeking where God is calling him to serve. Geogy Thomas
25% of Americans live in low population centers, yet only 10% of all healthcare providers work in rural settings. Hear Drs. John Waits and Lacy Smith describe their journey in opening a clinic and raising their families in the rural south.