2017 Conference

CARE - Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education


National Conference Puts Amish and Plain Community Members Center Stage

Community Members, Researchers, and Healthcare Practitioners Reconvene to Discuss Best Practices in Communications, Access, Delivery and Design

The Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education (CARE) announced that registration is open for Addressing the Health Care Needs of Amish and Plain Communities, the second biannual conference designed by and for Amish and Plain community members, researchers and healthcare providers. The conference remains the premier continuing education event for best practice, community-led initiatives that have improved the health of the Amish and Plain communities and will be held June 7 – 9, 2017 at Mohican State Park Lodge and Conference Center, Perrysville, Ohio. A unique aspect of the conference is the opportunity for participants to engage directly and network with Amish and Plain community members. Continuing education hours for various disciplines will also be offered.

The event will host over a dozen distinguished panelists and speakers comprised of community leaders, physicians, health educators, researchers, community health works and healthcare practitioners.

Dr. Randall Longenecker, Assistant Dean for Rural and Underserved Communities from Ohio University, will open our conference as our keynote speaker.   Other speakers include Dr. Joe Donnermeyer from Ohio State University, and Tony Snyder, CEO of Joel Pomerene Hospital. We will also be hosting cultural conversations led by Jacob Beachy, David Kline, Dr. Cory Anderson, and Dr. DJ McFadden. (Millersburg, OH).

Dr. Melissa Thomas, public health researcher and founder of Project Hoffnung, a program aimed at delivering culturally competent outreach, education and breast health services to combat the disproportionately high breast cancer mortality rates among Amish and Mennonite women, will deliver our closing address.

“We received such positive feedback about the quality and format of the first conference that we remain committed in our values of featuring the views of community members”, said Margaret Hiermer, CARE board member. “We are excited about the balance we’ve achieved in designing a conference that represents each unique and important voice in providing and accessing culturally competent health care – from the ultimate end-user patient to the funders, agencies, and healthcare service providers.”

Keynote and Plenary Sessions will address:

  • Overview of Anabaptist history and culture
  • Impact of the social determinants of health on the Amish/Plain culture
  • Innovative partnerships to bridge the gaps between communities and healthcare delivery organizations
  • Cultural competency in healthcare service delivery
  • Improving the relationship between hospital systems and the community

Attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Amish and Mennonite Heritage Center and witness the history of the Amish, Mennonites and Hutterites on Behalt, one of four cycloramas in North America.

The Conference is hosted by the Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education (“CARE”), a community-led nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce the burden of cancer in Appalachia and rural communities. CARE celebrates 20 years of service to Amish and Mennonite communities throughout.

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