Transforming Community and Rural Healthcare 2024: Inspiring Partnerships and Scaling Collaborative Impact

Rochester, MN US
October 21, 2024 to October 22, 2024

This course offers Live (in-person) and Livestream (virtual) attendance options.

Course Directors: Darcy A. Reed, M.D., M.P.H., Sarah B. Harper, M.A., M.B.A.Syed A. Khan, M.D., Jennifer Livingston Thompson, and Jason Beckermann, M.D.

October 21 - 22, 2024 - Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Clinic Health System presents the second annual, Transforming Community and Rural Healthcare 2024: Inspiring Partnerships and Scaling Collaborative Impact CE course. This two-day symposium brings together multidisciplinary healthcare leaders, providers, administrators, researchers, and educators to discuss critical issues impacting the health of community and rural populations. Sessions focus on addressing challenges faced across rural communities including, but not limited to, workforce, comprehensive cancer care, behavioral health, community partnerships, digital health and AI, and health equity. The course includes interactive sessions enabling participants to directly apply new transformative approaches to community and rural health settings.

Registration Fees - Live (in-person) and Livestream (virtual)
M.D., D.O., Ph.D.$550
Allied Health, NP, PA, Retirees$400


Transforming Community and Rural Healthcare 2024: Inspiring Partnerships and Scaling Collaborative Impact is offering scholarships to reduce registration fees for this conference. A limited number of scholarships will be awarded. To apply for a scholarship, please complete this form by May 30, 2024. Acceptance notifications will be sent within 30-days of the indicated due date.

Call for Speakers

We are now accepting proposals centered around “real-world” perspectives and applicable strategies that highlight unique insights, success stories, lessons learned, and community-engaged solutions. Proposals should highlight how health systems, community organizations, educational programs, research teams, public service groups, and others are collaborating to overcome challenges, accelerate innovation, and scaling transformation in community and rural healthcare settings. 

Themes | Proposals should address one or more of the following themes within community and rural healthcare:  

  • Collaborative Partnerships 
  • Workforce of the Future 
  • Rural Cancer Care  
  • Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence 
  • Behavioral Health 
  • Health Equity 
  • Public Policy 
  • Financial Stability 

Presentation Formats | Submitters must select one of the three presentation formats below. The Planning Committee will make the final decision regarding presentation format and will communicate the assigned format in the notification of acceptance. 

  • Community Engaged Solutions - Submissions within this category tell a story of community collaborations to help improve the health and wellness of local communities. Whether it is a local health education program, a grassroots intervention, or a partnership between healthcare providers and community organizations, we want to hear about it. Share your success stories and help highlight how community engagement is key to creating equitable and impactful healthcare solutions. 
  • Interactive Workshops - Workshops are 90-minute interactive sessions during which presenters serve as facilitators leading dynamic and engaging conversations on a specific topic related to one of the symposium themes. Workshops must be largely comprised of interactive components such as table-top discussions, small group brainstorming, activity-based problem-solving, etc. Didactic components should be kept to no more than 10% of the allotted time. Workshops should facilitate collaborative learning of practical knowledge, skills, or strategies that participants can apply within their local contexts.  
  • Research & Innovation - Submissions in this category should convey knowledge gained through scientific methods addressing one or more of the symposium themes. Ideal presentations will deliver content that is novel and practical, demonstrating translational value to course participants. Submissions will be accepted for oral or poster presentation format. Presenters may indicate preference for presentation format; however, the Planning Committee will make the final determination for each accepted submission.  

All submissions are due on June 1, 2024.

Target Audience

This symposium is designed for allied health professionals, healthcare executives, general internists, nurse practitioners, nurses, physicians, physician assistants, professors, residents, students as well as, community health partners, university faculty, and non-profit and government employees.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Identify transformative approaches to address key healthcare challenges facing rural America.
  • Explore collaborative strategies and partnerships to sustain workforce and improve health outcomes in rural communities.
  • Examine innovative approaches to enhance rural health equity, cancer care, and behavioral health.

Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Event starts: 
10/21/2024 - 8:00am
Event ends: 
10/22/2024 - 5:00pm
Mayo Civic Center
30 Civic Center Drive SE
Rochester, MN 55904
United States

All travel and lodging expenses are the sole responsibility of the individual registrant.

Public Parking Information

When attending events at Mayo Civic Center, look for the Parking Logo which will direct you to available lots and ramps. 

  • The Civic Center Ramp is located on the west side of Civic Center Drive across the street from the center and is attached by a climate-controlled skyway.  
  • The Civic Center South Lot is located across the river from the Mayo Civic Center and offers an additional 240 parking spaces.
  • Civic Center flat lot is North of the building. All-day parking is available for a fee - see Pay at Box for current rates.

Parking Meter Hours - Meters are enforced 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday, except major holidays. Meters are not enforced after 5 PM on weekdays or on Saturdays or Sundays.

Accessible Parking - All Rochester public parking ramps have marked designated accessible parking spaces available. There are also a few designated spots under the skyway into the building on Civic Center Drive and on the Center Street bridge near Mayo Field. Vehicles with state issued disability plates or permits may park at city meters for up to 4 hours, with the exception of 30-minute meters. These vehicles are also eligible for a 50% discount when parked in a cashiered municipal ramp. 

For more information on parking, visit the City of Rochester's parking page.



  • Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area: Group rates are $249.00/night (excluding tax and any fees) and are eligible for cancellation until 10/18/24. Complete your booking online no later than September 30, 2024. The Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area is connected via skyway system to the Mayo Civic Center.
  • Kahler Grand Hotel: Group rates are $149.00/night (excluding tax and any fees) and are eligible for cancellation until 12pm 1-day before arrival. Complete your booking online no later than September 18, 2024. The Kahler Grand Hotel is connected via subway and skyway system to the Mayo Civic Center.
  • Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area: Group rates are $179.00/night (excluding tax and any fees). Complete your booking online no later than September 18, 2024. The Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area is connected via skyway system to the Mayo Civic Center.

Experience Rochester

Traveling to Rochester for the first time or looking to add something new during your trip? Get the full Rochester Experience by sampling some local restaurants or a taste of Rochester's history, arts, and culture through a community event. 

Guest Faculty:

Santo Cruz, J.D. 
CentraCare Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Former Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Human Services
For full biography, see here.

MayKao Y. Hang, D.P.A.
Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Founding Dean, Morrison Family College of Health, University of St. Thomas
For full biography, see here.

Electra D. Paskett, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor and Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control in the College of Medicine
For full biography, see here.

Thad Shunkwiler, LMFT, LPCC, ACS, CCMHC
Associate Professor, Department of Health Science Minnesota State University, Mankato
For full biography, see here.

Wade T. Swenson, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A.
Medical Director, Lakewood Health System
For full biography, see here.

Robin C. Vanderpool, DrPH
Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch
For full biography, see here.

Course Directors:

Jason Beckermann, M.D.

Sarah B. Harper, M.B.A.

S. Anjum Khan, M.D.

Jennifer Livingston Thompson

Darcy A. Reed, M.D., M.P.H.

Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statement(s):

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit


For disclosure information regarding Mayo Clinic School of Continuous Professional Development accreditation review committee member(s) and staff, please go here to review disclosures.

In response to company inquiries, we are excited to share that Transforming Community and Rural Healthcare 2024: Inspiring Partnerships and Scaling Collaborative Impact has expanded its commercial support offerings to include a variety of sponsorship opportunities! Please review our commercial support prospectus.

If you are interested in exhibiting, please complete the Letter of Agreement.
If you are interested in Sponsoring or hosting a Non-CME Educational Session (product theater) please email Kris Jones.

We are pleased to offer non-profit organizations unique opportunities to participate as exhibitors, please contact Kris Jones for more details.

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To claim credit for livestream participation in this course, learners must view the content during the hours posted for the live activity.  This course is not approved for on-demand delivery.

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