The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and the Georgia Health Policy Center are looking forward to hosting all Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program grantees at the Peer Learning Seminar held in Atlanta, Georgia on October 11-12, 2017. The Peer Learning Seminar is a day and a half of peer exchange,
interactive workshops and lectures from experts.


During this Peer Learning Seminar, grantees will have an opportunity to break into smaller cohorts for deeper dives and facilitated discussion in the areas listed below. Grantees should select their learning track of interest during the registration process.

Facilitating Access to Care
Building a sustainable rural health system in today’s ever changing environment means looking both within and outside clinic walls to build systems and supports to bring patients into care, keep them engaged, and improve the quality of the care that they receive. This learning track is designed for those grantees that are funded to establish or expand access to health care and other community services that impact health. Sessions will focus on topics that are relevant to improved access to and quality of care as we move from volume to value-based reimbursement. Session topics will also include approaches to effective care coordination and team-based models of care that extend beyond clinic walls. 

Addressing Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
Chronic disease prevention and management continues to be an important focus when considering our current state of health care. More now than ever, successful efforts will include integration between clinical and community services and resources to help slow the prevalence of chronic diseases plaguing the country. This learning track is open to grantees with a project focus of chronic disease prevention and/or management (including communities addressing diabetes, stroke, and cardiovascular disease). Those participating in this track will have an opportunity to share strengths and challenges across initiatives and discuss potential solutions. 

Expanding Mental and Behavioral Health Services
According to the National Council for Behavioral Health, prevention efforts must be more upstream to address m
ental illness, behavioral health problems and addictions in people of all ages. This learning track addresses today's urgent need for expanded mental/behavioral health programs and services. Sessions offered will include expert presenters and an opportunity to hear from your peers about innovative strategies to address the challenges to providing mental/behavioral health services in rural communities.

Improving Rural Oral Health
Rural access to oral health care is an ongoing challenge.  Join your peers to learn how they are working to address this challenge and to share your own story.  You’ll hear about innovative efforts to improve access to oral health care through strategies such as mobile/portable delivery for children and adults (including older adults and adults with special needs), integration with primary care, and community-wide collaborative planning.  Experts in oral public health will also be on hand to add their perspectives to the conversation.   


Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
165 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA  30303
1 (866) 932-7369


  • October 11, 8:30AM – 5:00PM
  • October 12, 8:30AM – 1:00PM


Grantee organizations may send up to two people from to the Peer Learning Seminar. Each attendee must register on this site. If you have any questions, please contact a Technical Assistance (TA) Consultant. Click here to register!


Grantees are authorized to use travel funds allocated in program budgets to cover attendance at the Peer Learning Seminar.  These funds should be used to cover all travel expenses, including airfare, lodging, and those meals not provided during the meeting.
Rooms are currently available at a special rate. Availability is not guaranteed until booked so we recommend securing your room by August 31, 2017. Click on the Hotel page for more information.
Meeting sessions will go up till 1:00 pm ET on October 12. Please make your return trip plans allowing time to fully participate in the workshops and giving yourself adequate time for return travel to the airport.