National Rural Health Association

Improving the Health of 62 Million Rural Americans

12th Rural Quality and Clinical Conference

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July 13-15, 2016

Oakland, California

NRHA’s Rural Quality and Clinical Conference is an interactive conference for quality improvement coordinators, performance improvement coordinators, rural clinicians, quality improvement organizations, and nurses practicing on the front lines of rural health care.

Rural Quality and Clinical Conference past agendas

Click here to view the 2016 draft conference agenda. 

Click here to view the 2015 final conference agenda. 

Click here to view the 2014 final conference agenda.

SRHA Leadership Conference

July 12-13, 2016

Oakland, California

The NRHA-sponsored State Rural Health Association Leadership Conference (formerly known as the Skill-Building Workshop) provides an opportunity for state rural health association leaders to learn from each other and to develop skills for achieving the goals of their own state association.


Travel support awards (scholarships) for the Rural Quality and Clinical Conference are now available. Applicants meeting the eligibility criteria will be awarded travel support funding (scholarships) on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been committed.

The travel allowances (scholarships) are in the set-amount of $1,000. 

Please complete this form and return it to Laura Hudson via email or fax (202.639.0559). 

Contact Laura Hudson with any questions.

Call for Presentations

Submission deadline: December 17, 2015

Poster submission deadline: March 24, 2016 Extended to April 21, 2016 

Submission and general Information:

1.      Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.

2.      Please specify session format and topic.

3.      A letter of acceptance will be emailed by mid-January for concurrent sessions and mid-April for poster presentations. 

4.      Presenters may not use any conference presentation to market products or services; exhibit tables are available for that purpose.

5.      If accepted, presenters must register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. In addition, no honoraria or travel expense reimbursement will be provided for any presenter submitting through the "call for presentations”. 

Fill out a submission form in order to be considered for a session at NRHA's 2016 Rural Quality and Clinical Conference. Presentations not submitted through this form will not be considered. Please contact Laura Hudson at 202-639-0550 with questions.

Registration information

Register online, or download the registration form to mail or email.

Register for both the Quality and Clinical and SRHA conferences and receive an additional $100 discount.  (not applicable for road trip and student discount rates)

Quality and Clinical Conference rates

Early (before June 16)
$269 member
$369 non-member*

After June 16

$319 member
$419 non-member*

Road trip rate for attendees from California, Oregon, Nevada or Arizona

$249 non-member*

Students (Click here for requirements to qualify for the student rate)


* Price includes a one-year complimentary membership for first-time NRHA members.

SRHA Leadership Conference rates

Early (before June 16)
$189 for member or non-member

After June 16

$239 for member or non-member

(Click here for requirements to qualify for the student rate)


The Waterfront Hotel

10 Washington Street

Oakland, CA  94607


NRHA’s discounted room rate is $179 single or double plus tax (currently 14.195 percent) and $2.50 per night City Tourism Assessment fee.  Discount deadline is June 16 or when rooms sell out.

Travel Planning

The Waterfront Hotel is located in the historic Jack London Square, 8 miles from Oakland International Airport (OAK). Average cab fare is $35-$45 depending on traffic. Bay Area Rapid Transit fare is $7.85 each way, with the closest BART station 3/4 mile from hotel. (12th Street Oakland City Center) The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the BART station.

Experience the Bay Area

The Waterfront Hotel is located within walking distance (0.1 mi) of the Oakland Jack London Square terminal for the San Francisco Bay Ferry. It is an approximately 20 minute ferry ride to San Francisco

Exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers

Exhibitors and Sponsors

For information on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, review the 2016 Rural Quality and Clinical Sponsorship Opportunities.

Contact Kathy Siress with exhibitor registration questions.

Contact Laura Hudson with content or conference questions.


Advertisers and Sponsors

Don't miss the opportunity to increase your visibility in the rural market with ads and sponsorships or by becoming a vetted NRHA Partner. 

NRHA offers sponsorships for all events, providing a valuable opportunity for your organization to gain visibility. These sponsorships, ads and partnerships are great ways to get your company's message in the hands of hundreds of attendees. Remember, one-third of all U.S. hospitals are rural facilities.

Download NRHA's Visibility Guide, or contact Larry Bedell to learn more.
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