IPAC attends Rural Health Policy Institute



Jordan Giuliani, M.Ed. and Jane Hamel-Lambert, Ph.D. of IPAC and Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine attended the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) 2014 Rural Health Policy Institute February 4-6, 2014 in Washington D.C. The mission of NRHA is to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. The purpose of the Rural Health Policy Institute is to bring together health care professionals from all over the country to provide education and insight on the most pressing legislative and regulatory issues impacting rural health care.


Jordan and Jane joined personnel from Integrated Services for Appalachian Ohio (ISAO) and Ohio University Heritage College of Medicine’s Office of Rural and Underserved Programs, including two medical students, in learning the priorities of the NRHA and advocating for the rural agenda on Capitol Hill. Visits were held with Senators and Representatives to highlight the challenges and opportunities in rural health care. The group met with Joe Shonkwiler, M.D., Health Policy Advisor to Senator Rob Portman, Congressman Bill Johnson, Congressman Steve Stivers, as well as staff of Congressman Pat Tiberi and Senator Sherrod Brown. Materials highlighting some of the programmatic successes of IPAC were provided to the Senators, Congressman, and their staff during these meetings. Some of the particular challenges of our region were also discussed. Specific topics linked to our LAUNCH efforts include behavioral health CPT codes, telehealth reimbursement, and the need to recognize all behavioral health providers in policies in order to ensure our entire workforce is leveraged to address the health needs in rural communities.


This travel was supported by the NRHA State Rural Health Association Technical Assistance grant and Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.