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Experts in health and nursing to gather at MSU for research conference

July 25, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Experts in health and nursing from around the world will gather next week at Montana State University as part of the 2014 International Rural Health and Rural Nursing Research Conference.

The conference is set for Tuesday, July 29, through Thursday, July 31. Hosted by MSU’s College of Nursing and the national Rural Nurse Organization, it will focus on research, evidence-based practice and innovative education to promote the health of rural and remote populations. Nationally and internationally known researchers, practitioners and educators from multiple disciplines whose focus is improving the health of rural people and communities will attend. Enrolled conference participants include more than 155 people from 33 states and 11 countries who represent the fields of nursing, medicine, engineering, social work, administration, immunology and other disciplines.

Keynote addresses will be given by five experts:

  • Mary Wakefield from Rockville, Md., an administrator in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services;
  • Susan Wilburn from Geneva, Switzerland, a technical officer in the World Health Organization’s Department of Public Health and Environment;
  • Larry Gamm from College Station, Texas, Regents Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management School of Rural Public Health, and director of the Center for Health Organization Transformation at Texas A&M University Health Science Center;
  • Judith Kulig, professor and university scholar at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada; and
  • Clarann Weinert, nursing professor emerita at MSU.

Nearly 50 oral presentations and more than 25 poster presentations are also expected to be given.

In addition to MSU and the Rural Nurse Organization, organizations providing support for the conference include South Dakota State University College of Nursing, Montana Area Health Education Center (AHEC), MSU Library / National Network of Libraries of Medicine Pacific Northwest Region, and Montana Nurses Association.

More information about the conference is available on the conference website at

Contact: Charlene Winters, MSU College of Nursing, (406) 243-4608 or