August 17-19, 2021


MRHA Conference Moves to Virtual Format Due to COVID-19 Surge


Get Link’d 2021 MRHA Conference, Aug. 17-19, will be held virtually due to recent cases of COVID and its Delta variant. Keynote speaker Brock Slabach from the National Rural Health Association will present an overview of the last decade of rural health, including changes made during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gun Violence Prevention

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In 2020, Missouri had the third highest rate of gun deaths nationally. With accidental gunshots, homicides, and suicides on the rise in both urban and rural areas of Missouri, gun violence is a public health issue.

“Gun Violence Prevention,” a breakout session at the upcoming Get Link’d 2021 MRHA Conference, will explore how gun violence interacts with mental health, as well as possible solutions for both urban and rural communities. 



Several panels during the conference will cover transportation concerns in rural areas and identify possible solutions, led by MRHA’s HealthTran program.

Lack of convenient transportation in rural areas often prevents patients from attending health appointments. This can result in missed medications, worsened health problems, and increased ER visits. Improving transportation in rural communities improves public health and saves lives.

Mobile Integrated Health Model

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During the conference, Mobile Integrated Healthcare will discuss their lessons, successes, and how what they’ve learned can be used in other communities. Though not everyone qualifies for home healthcare, Mobile Integrated Healthcare fills in the gaps.

Improving Health and Wellbeing of Missourians At Every Stage

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Understanding how health, education, and the economy intersect is crucial to improving the wellbeing of communities. MU Extension's Community Health Program addresses these three pillars to improve the health and wellbeing of Missourians at every stage of life.

School-Based Health Programs Combat

COVID-19 Challenges


“School-Based Health (SBH) Program Planning 101,” one of the conference’s many breakout sessions, will detail the impact of SBH programs on students' wellbeing and academic success.

Though schools face increased health care challenges, necessary changes are now being made to help improve some inequities highlighted during the ongoing pandemic. 

Keynote Speaker

Sara Jane Tribble


Closing out the conference will be keynote speaker Sara Jane Tribble, host of the Kaiser Health Network's popular podcast, “Where It Hurts.” The presentation will mimic the podcast in examining access gaps in rural health, including hospital closures.

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