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Kleinke and Quinones Keynote 2017 Rural Health Conference, June 21-23

May 12, 2017

The 2017 Wisconsin Rural Health Conference will feature two outstanding keynote speakers, both focusing on important and timely topics. Opening keynote J.D. Kleinke is a health care economist and author who will provide an up-to-the-minute look at the realistic options for legislators looking to replace the ACA, while minimizing political damage to themselves and economic damage to health care insurers, providers and beneficiaries. 

Friday morning’s keynote speaker is Sam Quinones, freelance journalist and author of three narrative nonfiction books, including Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury, 2015). Dreamland was selected as one of the best books of 2015 by,, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal.

A variety of breakout sessions will give attendees the opportunity to examine and discuss models that are changing the delivery of and access to rural health care and ways in which data and technology are improving health care for rural populations. The conference will once again include the popular education track focused on governance issues, including succession planning for a new senior leader, a hospital trustee’s role in physician recruitment and retention, and understanding CMS and state surveys.

The 2017 Wisconsin Rural Health Conference is scheduled June 21-23 at Glacier Canyon Lodge at The Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Make attendance at this year’s conference a priority by registering today at

This story originally appeared in the May 12, 2017 edition of WHA Newsletter