Continuing Education

Rural Health Continuing Education Programs focus on a wide range of topics important to rural health advocates, including rural migrant and immigrant health, leadership and management skills, community health needs assessments, program evaluation, grant writing technical assistance, and more. PORH also offers the Swimming Pool Pesticide Applicators Certification and Recertification Training Program in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, which trains swimming pool pesticide applicators in the safe application of pesticides at public bathing places.

Swimming Pool Pesticide Applicator Training Program

Conferences, Training, and Events

Live, Free, CME/CEU Program on Pediatric Overweight and Obesity

The 1 to 1.5 hour, live, FREE, CME/CEU, interactive program may be something you wish to offer for your practice or Grand Rounds. It is jointly presented by a Physician and a Registered Dietitian from your community using Power Point with helpful handouts.

Overweight and obesity are discussed as family wellness with practical suggestions for working with your patients, families, and community in the context of short patient visits. Content includes the latest science and evidence-based, practical suggestions regarding food, diet, beverages, sugar, sleep, mental health, screen time, and physical activity. For more information please visit:

The program is funded by the PA Department of Health.

If interested, please email Program Director Amy Wishner, MSN, RN, APHN-BC at or phone 484-446-3035.

American Lung Associan's Asthma Basics Program

The American Lung Association’s Asthma Basics program features a FREE one hour interactive online learning module designed to help people learn more about asthma.  Participants are able to obtain a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

Asthma Basics is ideal for:

  • Adults with asthma
  • Parents of children with asthma
  • Employers
  • Friends and family who want to learn more about the disease
  • School staff and coaches
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Community health educators

Visit for more information or to register for the course.

Visite  para obtener más información o para inscribirse en el curso.

2017 Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) Summit

April 2-4, 2017
Leesburg, VA

How do we reduce costs and increase value, improve patients’ experiences and outcomes, apply and integrate new technologies into clinical practice, and create greater access to quality healthcare? These goals require us to focus on both quality and innovation at the same time, but can we have both? Quality involves adherence to standards, application of best practices and the elimination of errors. Innovation on the other hand requires creativity. It demands a willingness to try new ideas and to experiment with out of the box thinking. It requires resources devoted to projects that have not been tested and may or may not succeed. Telehealth technologies offer the promise of improving what we are currently doing, but also opens the door for finding new and better ways to do it. What does continuous quality and process improvement look like in telehealth? How can we be successful combining innovation with quality improvement? How do we manage new ideas, effectively test them, develop processes to evaluate them and establish mechanisms for continuous quality monitoring? Join us at the 2017 MATRC Telehealth Summit where we will take a closer look at these questions and more in the areas of behavioral health, population health, specialty and subspecialty care and telehealth technology.

For more information or to register, please visit

PA Childhood Trauma & Injury Prevention Conference

April 3, 2017
Harrisburg, PA

The Pennsylvania Childhood Trauma & Injury Prevention Conference, hosted by Safe Kids Pennsylvania, will highlight key elements of childhood injury prevention with a focus on collaboration; topics to include emerging issues in the field and key community partnerships. This year's event will be held on April 3, 2017 at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, Harrisburg, PA.

Childhood injury prevention advocates, safety specialists, trauma coordinators, EMS providers, coroners, State Health Improvement Plan Affiliated Partnerships, Communities That Care, Safe Kids partners, Child Death Review Team members and all who work to prevent injuries are encouraged to attend.

PEHSC is proud to partner with Safe Kids PA again this year to support this educational opportunity.  This program will provide Act 48, EMS, and nursing continuing education credits to participants.

For more information, and to register, please visit


April 3-5, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

KINBERCON 2017 is a two-day event that brings together hundreds of Pennsylvania’s leaders in education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media, government and technology to share ideas and success stories about using next generation networks and technology. Back by popular demand in 2017 will be KINBERCON's unique streamlined schedule format, perfect for busy IT professionals, featuring a day of breakout sessions across four tracks – General, Cloud, Security, and Internet of Things – followed by a full day of technical training opportunities. The conference will host dozens of panels and technical workshops as well as keynote speakers and an evening gala networking reception.

Register early and save! Register now for the best rate for KINBERCON 2017. Early registration will only be available for a limited time so take advantage of the savings and reserve your spot today!

To register, please visit

2017 Pennsylvania Public and Community Health Annual Conference - Registration Open

April 6, 2017
Lancaster, PA

The Pennsylvania Public Health Association (PPHA), the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), and the Penn State College of Medicine's Public Health Program announce a one-day conference,  Addressing the Health Care and Public Health Needs of Vulnerable and Underserved Populations:  Issues and Solutions for the Delivery of Quality Community-based Services, which will highlight community and public health issues and initiatives for diverse and underserved populations. Click here to register. 

Abstracts and posters have been accepted to cover these topics and much more:

  • Issues that impact health status including, but not limited to, community -based health care services; domestic and intimate partner violence; substance abuse; behavioral health; maternal and child health; and oral health; 
  • Best practices in improving the health of special and underserved populations, with a special focus on migrant and immigrant farmworkers
  • The use of data-driven and evidence-based practices in public and community health;
  • Innovations in achieving Healthy People 2020 goals;
  • Improvements in community and public health indicators.

The conference will be held on April 6, 2017 at the Eden Inn and Suites in Lancaster, PA.

For more information, contact PORH Outreach Coordinator Terri Klinefelter, at 814-863-8214 or

Global Health & Innovation Conference

April 22-23, 2017
New Haven, CT

The Global Health & Innovation Conference (GHIC) is the world's leading and largest global health conference as well as the largest social entrepreneurship conference, with 2,200 professionals and students from all 50 states and more than 55 countries. This must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, change makers, and participants from all sectors of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship.

For more information or to register, please visit

The American Cancer Society's (ACS) Cancer Action Network (CAN) Cancer Prevention Education Day

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Harrisburg, PA

For more information, questions & how you can get involved, visit the ACS CAN webpage:

2017 National Rural EMS & Care Conference

April 25-26, 2017
Fargo, North Dakota

The National Rural EMS & Care Conference has a compelling agenda planned that you don't want to miss! The conference will take place in Fargo, North Dakota on April 25-26, 2017.

Invited attendees include rural EMS directors, medical directors and officers, rural health care providers, state EMS officials, state rural health officials, hospital administrators, elected officials, federal agency officials, and other interested parties. Attendees will learn about the future of rural EMS and hospital collaboration, making data useful, EMS providers' role in rural population health, an active shooter program, how future technology will help rural EMS, national rural policy changes and their local impact, and more. Please view agenda here.

New this year: NOSORH is offering a 4-hour EMS Grant Writing 101 Workshop! Rural EMS agencies and other interested partners will learn how to write and submit a complete grant proposal, understand rural relevant data important to EMS and identify funding opportunities. This workshop will be held on Monday, April 24, 2017. Please view agenda here.

Also new this year is the National Rural EMS Poster Contest. Please click here for more information about the criteria, how to submit, voting procedures, and best of all, the cash prizes!

Registration for both the National Rural EMS Conference and NOSORH EMS Grant Writing 101 is open, click here.

The conference is being held at the Holiday Inn Fargo, 3803 13th Avenue South, Fargo, ND 58103. Call (877) 282-2700 and reference National Rural EMS Conference. Book soon, the deadline for hotel reservations is March 21, 2017!

Vendors are welcome! Click here for more information.

For more information visit our website or contact:    

Matt Strycker
(888) 391-7258 x102      

Paige Law
(888) 391-7258 x101

2017 Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania Annual Conference

Friday, May 5, 2017
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Join the Free Clinic Association of Pennsylvania (FCAP) on May 5th to learn from dynamic keynote speakers and hear about clinical and operational programs during breakout presentations.  A variety of vendors will also be available to provide in-person information about their products and services.

The FCAP Conference Committee is currently working on the details for the 2017 Conference.  Registration and additional information will be available soon. 

Sponsorship Opportunities for 2017 are still available at varying levels.  Sponsorships give organizations visibility with clinical and administrative professionals employed by or affiliated with free and charitable clinics; and, help the FCAP connect people without access to health care to a clinic offering free or low cost health care.

For more information, please visit

2017 Pennsylvania Data User Conference

May 9, 2017
Middletown, PA

Don't miss the commonwealth's best training and networking opportunity for Pennsylvania data users. This year's conference will focus on how to define and highlight the value in the volumes of data that are all around us. 

The day will include insights and training on data tools available from the U.S. Census Bureau as well as program updates and 2020 Census planning. Additional sessions will offer case studies centering on the interesting use of data.

For more information or to register, please visit 

Lung Force Expo

June 8, 2017
Harrisburg, PA

Every 5 minutes, a woman in the U.S. is diagnosed with lung cancer. And more than 33 million Americans suffer from lung disease. 

Patients, caregivers and healthcare providers are invited to join the American Lung Association in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania at a forum to learn about the latest treatments, medications, resources and research in lung cancer and other lung diseases to help those living with lung disease live healtheir, active lives.

Space is limited! For more information and to register, please visit

Save the Date: Pennsylvania EMS Conference

September 20-22, 2017
Lancaster, PA

The dates have been set for Pennsylvania's Annual EMS Conference and the Call for Speakers is out! The deadline for submission is Friday, March 03, 2017.

Vendor registration will open in March 2017 -- stay tuned for more updates!

Visit for more information.

PACHC 2017 Annual Conference & Clinical Summit

October 3-5, 2017
Lancaster, PA

Join the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers for the 2017 Annual Conference & Clinical Summit, October 3-5, at the Lancaster Marriott & Convention Center. Come together with your fellow health center leaders and staff for professional development, important conversations, memorable learning experiences, and inspiration.

This year PACHC is asking for your input on the topics or speakers you would like to see at the Annual Conference.  Send your suggestions by completing the call for topics form.

Look for updates on the Annual Conference by visiting

Rural Health Resource Center Conference

Please also visit the Rural Health Resource Center Conference Announcements page for upcoming events: Rural Health Center