SERIES 5 of 5 : A Path Forward: Thriving in Rural Health

A Path Forward: Thriving in Rural Health Care after COVID-19

Thursday, September 16 | 11:00 am (CST)

The fee for each session is $25/member and $50/nonmember. If you register for all five sessions of the Leadership series, you will get the fifth session of the respective series free! Contact Cynthia Grinston at for assistance in registering for the full series to ensure you receive the discounted offer. 

In order to receive CEs, each attendee must register individually.  A recording will be provided for all attendees.

AXIS Medical Education designates this continuing nursing education activity for 1.0 contact hour.
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This session is eligible for 1.0 hour of Qualified credit for ACHE Healthcare Executives. 

Tying community engagement to diversity and health equity, Benjamin explores true stories of the amazing resiliency of rural communities amidst the formidable challenges of a pandemic.  He will share the lessons learned through many interviews with rural health leaders and patients through the successful development of a post COVID-19 nationally-released toolkit and playbook called Re-Imagining Leadership: A Pathway for Rural Health to Thrive in a COVID-19 World that was created in partnership with the Farley Health Policy Center. His empathetic and informative message will inspire and empower health leaders across the United States to align their efforts into inclusive coordinated strategies, leading to healthier care staff, patients, and communities.

Learning Objectives:

  • Examine health disparities between rural and urban Americans;
  • Explore ways to address nine common challenge areas in rural health care delivery systems in the United States;
  • Outline an approach for developing an effective and collaborative rural health equity strategy;
  • Examine a six-question tool to equip rural health leaders to advance health equity in their communities while ensuring the vitality of their organizations.


Benjamin Anderson is Vice President for Rural Health and Hospitals at the Colorado Hospital Association, where he provides leadership and direction in the development and execution of the Association's rural strategies, advocates on behalf of rural hospitals and health systems and works to develop strategic partnerships with organizations that affect the health of rural Americans.

Prior to joining CHA, Benjamin served as CEO of Kearny County Hospital a comprehensive rural health care delivery complex in Lakin, Kan. that serves patients of 30 nationalities within a 180-mile radius. Anderson is a recognized leader in transforming rural health care through a mission-driven approach to recruiting physicians to underserved areas, tying together domestic and international service. Kearny County Hospital is now at the forefront of innovations in health care delivery to improve care to underserved U.S. populations and his work was recently recognized on CBS Sunday Morning, and in POLITICO and Sports Illustrated.

Anderson was named to Becker's Hospital Review's Rising Star list of health care leaders under 40 and one of Modern Healthcare's 2014 Up and Comers. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (2004) and a Master of Business Administration (2007) from Drury University in Springfield, Mo. and a Master of Health Care Delivery Science degree from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in Hanover,N.H.


9/16/2021 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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