Community Economic Development


Rural Health Equity Forum
From a Buzzword to an Action Plan
Tuesday, March 5, 2024

                       Join us either In-Person or Virtually!                   

  • 8:30 am - 9:00 am CT: Coffee & Networking
  • 9:00 am - 3:15 pm CT: Program
1430 North Ridge Drive
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578   Directions

Registration Deadline: February 20th

No Cost to Participants!

RWHC Members will be given priority to attend in-person.

Boxed lunches will be provided for in-person attendees.

Please register early as space is limited.

Virtual attendance via Zoom is also available. 
(Instructions will be sent one week prior.)

Hotel Accommodations:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 747 Phillips Blvd, Sauk City, WI 53583
Request RWHC room rate by calling 608-318-1054.

Program Description & Agenda:

Health equity is a hot topic in healthcare. But how does a rural healthcare organization conceptualize and operationalize health equity within their organization and community? Join RWHC for a full day focused specifically on rural health equity action planning. See the agenda here for more information about sessions, speakers, etc.

Target Audience:

Growth is often heralded as integral to economic development. Many community services are dependent upon community growth to ensure their funding streams remain viable. However, many rural communities are currently facing aging and shrinking demographic trends that carry with them economic challenges.
The 2020 Census data has reinforced prior research demonstrating that one of the most successful ways to combat declining rural population is through growing immigrant communities in rural areas. Ensuring that communities are welcoming and inclusive is an important development strategy to help your rural community attract and retain people and reverse challenging demographic trends. Additionally, a growing body of research is proving that belonging and inclusivity have tangible effects on our health.
Join RWHC for a webinar exploring the effects of belonging and inclusivity on health outcomes and economic outcomes. We will learn more about the linkages among these topics and how other rural communities have successfully made their communities more welcoming with strategies you can take back to your own community today!

The Community Economic Development Program offerings include:

  • Professional development trainings for RWHC Members focused on CED topics

  • Community Economic Analyses of interested Members’ communities through a partnership with UW Extension for facilitation
  • Compiling and disseminating relevant local economic data for RWHC Members
  • Developing a toolkit of effective CED strategies for Member use
  • Serving as a liaison to Wisconsin’s existing network of economic development professionals and resources
  • Acting as an accessible resource for Members on community economic development issues as they organically arise

Marie Barry, Director of Community Economic Development