SERA-19 Rural Health

SERA-19 2009 Conference Postponed

Due to the current economic crisis that has hit many of the nation’s universities and Extension Services, the SERA-IEG 19 Rural Health Conference has been postponed to a future date. The date and location of the next conference will be provided as soon as they are available.


SERA-19 Rural Health is a multi-state information exchange group comprised of professionals that are concerned about the health and well-being of communities across the Southern region. The representatives, including professionals in the land-grant system, offices of rural health, medical and nursing schools, and state health departments, promote collaboration among the disciplines involved.


Health and health care is the leading challenge facing communities across the Southern United States. Increasing chronic disease coupled with mounting fiscal pressure threatens communities' access to care, the economic viability of the health care system, and the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. In the mid-1980s, a group of individuals from multiple disciplines and states came together to exchange ideas and experiences in response to the growing complexity of health care infrastructure, access and policy issues, and the resulting economic impact. In 1990, this group formally organized as the Southern Extension and Research Activity Information Exchange Group (SERA-IEG) 19, focusing on rural health. This network of research, Extension and health professionals is building collaborative partnerships to improve community health and well-being and welcomes new members.

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