August 17-19, 2021


Missouri Rural Health Conference Returns

The Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA), Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Primary Care Association and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (Office of Rural Health and Primary Care) will serve as collaborating partners at this joint conference.

The three-day conference showcases innovations in rural health and fosters collaborative efforts to combat access barriers to quality health care.

As an attendee, you can expect to:

  • Hear keynote presentations from national rural health experts
  • Participate in interactive breakout sessions of your choice -- choose from four topics each session!
  • Learn about the latest products and innovations in rural health
  • Network with other industry professionals
  • Gain new perspectives, skills, and connections to create stronger impacts in your community
Attendee Registration

We are also looking for presenters, exhibit vendors, panel session moderators, and sponsors. Share your expertise and support our mission to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians.

Exhibitor Registration

Conference Details

When: August 17-19, 2021

Where: The Lodge

678 Old Kinderhook Drive, Camdenton, MO, 65020


Add code before entering dates. Call 573.317.4314 with questions.

Phone lines at Old Kinderhook Lodge have been affected by recent storms. Please book online and email any questions or concerns to Updates will be posted here.

Who: Hospitals, clinicians, physicians, health departments, frontline workers, community & social agencies, FQHCs, health law attorneys, among others.

Price: Varies per attendee/vendor. Extra fees for guest tickets and/or meals may apply.

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2021 Get Link'd Conference

MRHA Conference Connects Experts & Showcases Innovations in Health Care

The 2021 Get Link’d Missouri Rural Health Conference is a crash-course in innovations improving access barriers to quality health care in rural communities. The conference will be held in person August 17-19, 2021, at the Old Kinderhook Lodge in Camdenton, Mo. Attendees can expect keynote speakers from national health associations, interactive breakout sessions, networking opportunities, a vendor product exhibit, among other exciting events.

Get Link’d was developed four years ago through a collaborative partnership between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA), Missouri Health Association (MHA), and Missouri Rural Health Association (MRHA). According to MRHA Director Melissa Van Dyne, the partners decided to combine their respective individual rural health conferences. “Even though we might address health issues differently, there is still an overarching bigger picture and safety net for our rural health providers,” Van Dyne said. “We wanted to make sure we address all the different angles.”

Read the Article

Listen to MRHA Executive Director Melissa Van Dyne discuss the 2021 Get Link'd Conference in an interview for the accessHealth podcast here.

Hear from the Experts:

The Landscape of Rural Health

Brock Slabach, National Rural Health Association

Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, Sr. Vice President for Member Services of the National Rural Health Association, will be presenting the keynote presentation at the Get Link'd 2021 Conference. The presentation will provide an overview of what the last few years have meant for rural health, especially in times of adversity.

Rural providers of care have seen major changes over the last decade in the landscape of healthcare delivery in America, made especially more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes present challenges and opportunities. This session will focus on the potential impact of federal policy on rural providers of care and their communities with emphasis on value-based purchasing and population health.

Click the button below to see a full itinerary of speakers and presentation topics.

Download Conference Agenda

Caregiver Program Offers Customized Roadmap to Relief

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A diagnosis of dementia is life-changing and involves many questions and adjustments for the person’s family, especially those who become caregivers. As the disease progresses, caregivers’ responsibilities take more of an emotional and financial toll that can be overwhelming and isolating.

The Customized Caregiver Training and Relief Program (CCTRP) offers caregivers free care consultation, customized in-home care assessments and training, tools to reduce stress, improve communication, make home-safety improvements, and reimburses up to $700 for qualified respite-related expenses. CCTRP incorporates two tracks: Caregiver Training Program and Caregiver Relief Program.

Click the buttons below to see program details and get help enrolling in the program that’s right for you.

Get Program Details and Enroll!

New to caregiving and feeling overwhelmed?

You are not alone.

According to the Alzheimer's Association, caregiving for a loved one with dementia often takes a team of people. As dementia develops, the physical care and safety concerns will increase as well as the emotional toll on you as the caregiver. Click the links below to learn more about the changes that may occur in different stages of dementia and what to expect as a caregiver.

Early Stage Caregiving

Middle Stage Caregiving

Late Stage Caregiving

Caregiver Health

Visit to enroll in the Caregiver Training Program. Through this program track, you will complete a care consultation, receive a customized training blueprint, and have support every step of the way. You don't have to navigate caregiving alone.

COVID-19 Updates

Delta Variant

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The dangerous Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading so quickly in the United States that it's likely the mutant strain will become predominant in the nation within weeks, according to federal health officials. As for Missouri, the Delta variant is cause for alarm in the state.

More from Kaiser Health News


The CDC currently classifies the Delta variant (among others) as a variant of concern. Variants are categorized by three levels of severity: variants of interest, variants of concern, and variants of high consequence. The CDC does not currently recognize any variants of high consequence.

Learn More About COVID-19 Variants
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More Upcoming Missouri Events


Taking a Trauma-Informed Approach to Workplace Success in Rural Communities

July 8

Learn more here.

2021 National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas Conference

July 14-16

Learn more here.

Healthcare Without Borders - Equity, Integration, and Innovation

July 19-20

Learn more here.

2021 AHA Leadership Summit

July 28-29

Learn more here.

Funding Opportunities

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NASHP Policy Academy on Rural Mental Health Crisis Services

Apply by July 9


National Community Care Corps Local Models Program

Apply by July 9


Delores and Charles Baker Scholarship

Apply by July 11

(See all available scholarships)


APhA Foundation Incentive Grants

Apply by August 23

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Rural Health Fellows Program

Apply by September 3

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Multifamily Housing Loan Guarantees

Ongoing Applications

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Rural Health News

BIPOC Mental Health Month 2021

Formally recognized in June 2008 (and still currently recognized today), Bebe Moore Campbell National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month was created to bring awareness to the unique struggles that underrepresented groups face with regard to mental illness in the U.S. This year’s theme is Strength in Communities which will highlight alternative mental health supports created by and for people and communities of color.

Our 2021 toolkit will examine community-developed systems of support created to fill gaps within mainstream healthcare systems. These systems may overlook cultural and historical factors that impede BIPOC mental health. The toolkit will explore three topic areas: community care, self-directed care, and culturally-based practices.

Community care: ways in which communities of color have provided support to each other. This can include things such as mutual aid, peer support, and healing circles.

Self-directed care: an innovative practice that emphasizes that people with mental health and substance use conditions, or their representatives if applicable, have decision-making authority over services they receive.

Culturally-based practices: practices that are embedded in cultures and are passed down through generations. They naturally provide resiliency and healing.

The toolkit will also explore why these types of care are valid and valuable choices people can make for their mental health. For more information about the campaign and resources for BIPOC, visit

Download the Toolkit


Important Downloads & Member Discounts


Get Link'd 2021

Attendee Packet

Download here.

Get Link'd 2021 Exhibitor /Sponsorship Form

Download here.

AV Equipment Vendor Order Form

Download here.

Vendor Shipping and Handling Form

Download here.

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MRHA members receive discounted ticket prices to annual conferences, among other perks. This year's conference will be the first to include an annual members meeting where attendees will vote on board members. Become a member today and a leader in your community tomorrow!

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