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

2017 Pennsylvania Public and Community Health Annual Conference

Thank you to everyone who attended the Annual Pennsylvania Public and Community Health Conference on April 6, 2017. This year's theme was: Addressing the Health Care and Public Health Needs of Vulnerable and Underserved Populations: Issues and Solutions for the Delivery of Quality Community-based Services.

Click Here to view presentations from our speakers. 

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 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 

Enhancing the Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care in Pennsylvania: Helping Individuals with Substance Use Disorders and Their Families

May 15-16
Harrisburg, PA

Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) are networks of formal and informal services developed and mobilized to promote community health and wellness for all. We are challenged to revisit our prevention, early intervention, treatment and recovery practices and our collaborations with people in recovery, families, communities and service systems to ensure the best outcomes for individuals who have or are at risk of developing a behavioral health condition.

This two day conference will focus on strategies and interventions that will impact the domains of:

  • Family involvement in treatment and recovery
  • Current trends within the opioid epidemic
  • Community Connections and the impact of Peers and resources.
  • The use of Medicated Assisted Treatment
  • Innovations being implemented by Outpatient SUD and Physical Health Providers


Behavioral health professionals, including but not limited to social workers, psychologists, Care Managers, Certified Addiction Counselors, National Board Certified Counselors, nurses and other health professionals.

For more information or to register, please visit

Free Webinar: Pediatric Community Paramedicine

May 16, 2017 at 11am

The Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council is pleased to announce a free 1-hour webinar on achieving pediatric community paramedicine programs.  This webinar is sponsored by the Pennsylvania EMS for Children Project as part of our ongoing Pediatric Symposium Webinar Series.  This webinar will be presented by Dr. Elizabeth Weinstein of Indiana EMS for Children, speaking about their "Treat the Streets" program, and Ted Fessides of Cranberry Township EMS, speaking about their "Safe Landings" program.  These presentations will cover the development and subsequent result of these  pediatric community paramedicine programs.  This presentation will be Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 11am.

There is no pre-registration necessary for this educational event, and attendance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  To attend the webinar, please use the following link to log in to the webinar:  Select the "Enter as a Guest" option and input your first and last name (or EMS agency name if multiple attendees from same agency) then click the 'Enter Room' button.  Audio will be broadcast through your computer speakers - there will be no phone-bridge set up.  Once the webinar has finished, attendees will be directed to complete an online evaluation of the webinar - this must be completed in order for an attendee to receive continuing education credit.

Pennsylvania Health Literacy Training and Coalition Meeting

May 15 & May 16, 2017
State College, PA

Join us in May for the 2017 Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition Meeting! Registration is open below for the one-day health literacy training on Monday, May 15th and the Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition Meeting on Tuesday, May 16th.

Location: The Nittany Lion Inn, 200 W Park Ave, State College, PA 16803

Communicating to Connect: Strategies to Improve Health Literacy Training – Register Now!

Monday, May 15, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

This training has been previously offered, but is open to new participants or anyone looking to refresh their skills. This annual one-day health literacy training program focuses on providing an overview of health literacy and its relationship to health outcomes and enhancing patient interaction and communication through plain language and methods such as teachback.

2017 Pennsylvania Health Literacy Coalition Meeting – Register Now!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The annual meeting will include breakout sessions led by Coalition members who will share their health literacy expertise on a variety of topics and a keynote presentation by health literacy expert, Andrew Pleasant, Ph.D.

Free Half-Day Course - Pediatric Pitfalls: Medical & Trauma Emergencies

May 30, 2017
Lehighton, PA

June 22, 2017
Cranberry Twp, PA

The Pennsylvania Emergency Health Services Council is pleased to announce a free half-day course by nationally-recognized presenter Scott DeBoer, MSN, RN.  This course covers pediatric medical and trauma emergencies in an interactive, no-stress learning environment.  This course will be offered at two locations -- Lehighton Ambulance Association on May 30 and Cranberry Township EMS on June 22.  The course is free, but preregistration is required!  To register, visit and click on the "coming attractions" link.  There's an option for either the morning or afternoon session, so pick the one that best fits your schedule!

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

Fourth Annual Challenges & Innovations in Rural Psychiatry

June 22, 2017
Erie, PA

Registration is open for our fourth annual Challenges & Innovations in Rural Psychiatry, this year from scenic Erie, Pennsylvania. This year's keynote will be an analysis of the opioid epidemic in western Pennsylvania by Dr. Donald S. Burke, MD, Dean of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. In addition, the conference will be highlighting:

  • Best practicies in Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
  • The importance of art in recovery
  • How peers have been effective and utilized in substance use treatment

The conference is free of charge for persons using services and their families, as well as medical residents and students. For behavioral health professionals, the cost of the conference is $75.00, which includes CEUs and lunch.

The link for online registration is:

Annual Pennsylvania EMS Conference

September 20-22, 2017
Lancaster, PA

Sessions have been posted for Pennsylvania's Annual EMS Conference. 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

East Coast Migrant Stream Forum - Save the Date

October 12-14, 2017
Atlanta, GA

Visit for more information!

Rural Health Resource Center Conference

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