Dartmouth Health’s new Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity launches November 7 with public event

News release

The newly-established Dartmouth Health Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity (CARHE), a unique healthcare initiative focused on identifying and addressing persistent inequities through community collaboration, partnership and action, will convene its first-ever public event, “Working Together to Improve Health for Rural New England Communities,” on Monday, November 7, 2022, at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont. The day-long gathering will convene community members, educators, researchers, and clinicians to share ideas, create connections, and begin a journey toward health equity in rural New England.

The launch event will feature a series of conversations about the work needed to improve the conditions that impact health, particularly in rural communities, including examples of best practices for collaboration. Keynote remarks will be delivered by Trinidad Tellez, MD, a respected health equity strategist and advocate. Dartmouth Health CEO and President Joanne M. Conroy, MD, and Rich Grogan, Executive Director, Northern Border Regional Commission, will present about the unique healthcare landscape and community of rural northern New England. The day will include networking opportunities for participants to establish connections, aiming to better equip attendees to engage in health equity efforts in their communities.

Based out of Dartmouth Health Population Health, the Center for Advancing Rural Health Equity—believed to be among the first centers of its kind in the nation—will be grounded in four pillars of work to make sure everyone has the same chance to live a healthy life, no matter who they are or where they live.

  • Healthcare redesign: Translating knowledge into practice to meet the needs of our populations
  • Research: Community-engaged research, creating evidence to inform practice
  • Community action: Community and health system partnerships responsive to local needs
  • Education: Training, learning, and the sharing of knowledge

Members of the public who are interested in learning more about equitable health outcomes in rural communities are encouraged to attend.

Registration for this in-person-only event is free, but space is limited.

About Dartmouth Health

Dartmouth Health, New Hampshire's only academic health system and the state's largest private employer, serves patients across northern New England. Dartmouth Health provides access to more than 2,000 providers in almost every area of medicine, delivering care at its flagship hospital, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, as well as across its wide network of hospitals, clinics and care facilities. DHMC is consistently named the #1 hospital in New Hampshire by U.S. News & World Report, and recognized for high performance in numerous clinical specialties and procedures. Dartmouth Health includes Dartmouth Cancer Center, one of only 56 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the only such center in northern New England; Dartmouth Health Children’s, which includes Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, the state’s only children’s hospital, and multiple clinic locations around the region; member hospitals in Lebanon, Keene and New London, NH, and Bennington and Windsor, VT; Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire; and more than 24 clinics that provide ambulatory services across New Hampshire and Vermont. Through its historical partnership with Dartmouth and the Geisel School of Medicine, Dartmouth Health trains nearly 400 medical residents and fellows annually, and performs cutting-edge research and clinical trials recognized across the globe with Geisel and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, VT. Dartmouth Health and its more than 13,000 employees are deeply committed to serving the healthcare needs of everyone in our communities, and to providing each of our patients with exceptional, personal care.