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Registration available for UK CERH's Kentucky Rural Telehealth Summit in September

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HAZARD, Ky. (June 22, 2023) — The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health (UK CERH) will host the 2023 Kentucky Rural Telehealth Summit Thursday, Sept. 28. The one-day event will be held in person at Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike in Lexington.

The summit will include a keynote address, “The Intersection of Telehealth and Public Health," by Steven Stack, M.D., commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Health.

The agenda includes a plenary session that will provide a broad overview of how telehealth will look in the post-pandemic public health emergency era, as well as two breakout sessions in the afternoon that will take a deeper dive into the topic and provide attendees with resources to take home.

“The end of the public health emergency is NOT the end of telehealth, and there is great optimism that the governing rules and regulations will support the ongoing expansion of telehealth," said Rob Sprang, director of UK TeleCare and one of the organizers of this year's summit.

Attendees can look forward to an expert panel that will showcase six unique ways telehealth is reaching patients throughout Kentucky, as well as a broad range of topics to choose from during the breakout sessions, including remote patient monitoring, best clinical practices, funding opportunities and training for the next generation of healthcare professionals.

“We are fortunate to once again have a dedicated group of telehealth experts from across the commonwealth that has come together to plan and present this summit for the second year,” said UK CERH Director Fran Feltner. “Following a successful rural telehealth summit in 2022, we are looking forward to continued learning and dialogue that will move Kentucky forward in providing telehealth services in our communities.”

The registration link and tentative agenda for the summit can be found here.

Questions about the event can be directed to Wayne Noble,, 606-439-3557.

About the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health: The University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health was established by state legislation in 1990 to address health disparities in rural Kentucky and the unique challenges faced by our communities. The mission was and still is today to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Kentuckians. For more than three decades, the Center has partnered with communities, providers, students and individuals to provide health professions education, health policy research, health care service and community engagement toward reaching this mission.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.