Rural Telementoring UnConference 2023

You drove the agenda.

You shaped the conversation.

On October 18, 2023, the Rural Telementoring UnConference 2023 held a virtual event that featured an array of brief presentations on rural health and telementoring, followed by group discussion, idea generation, and collaboration.

Unlike traditional conferences, where the agenda is predetermined and there is limited opportunity for interaction and conversation, an UnConference provides structure that facilitates sharing experiences, idea generation, and partnership building in pursuit of shared goals.

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Group photo from the Rural Telementoring UnConference 2023

What is an UnConference?

The UnConference format provides a unique opportunity for attendees to focus on what really matters to them, as this is a conference without the rules and structure of a traditional conference. The UnConference kicks off with a series of brief 4×4 presentations (4 slides in 4 minutes), which help set the stage for discussion. Attendees then identify, categorize, and rank topics they want to discuss. These topics, in addition to those gathered from the registration, become the focus of breakout session discussions. Visit the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC) website to explore the UnConference concept in more detail.


The UnConference featured short, focused presentations by a great lineup of content experts who shared valuable information on rural health and telementoring topics, as captured in the visual scribing below. Follow the link to view all the presentations on our YouTube Channel.

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Join the UnConference LinkedIn Group to stay connected with attendees before, during and after the event.

Meet the Presenters

Raul Ayala, MD, MHCM
Ambulatory Medical Officer

Adventist Health

Raudel Bobadilla, MPH, CHW-I
Project Manager

UT Health San Antonio

Sydney Grant, MHA
Director of Programming, Co-Host

Rural Health Leadership Radio

Megan Heffernan, MPH
Research Scientist

NORC at the University of Chicago

John M. McKenzie, MA, MS
Executive Director, Division of Academic Innovation

HSC at Fort Worth

Trisha Melhado, MPH
Senior Research Specialist

HSC at Fort Worth

Nhatt Nichols
Graphic Journalist, Artist, Writer

The Daily Yonder

Jason Rosenfeld, DrPH, MPH, CHW-I
Assistant Professor,
Director for Global Health

UT Health San Antonio

Crystal Walker, DMSc, MPAS, PA-C
Director of Substance Use Disorders Clinical Services

My Health My Resources of Tarrant County

Building a tradition of connection and collaboration

In October 2022, the RTTC hosted the first Rural Telementoring UnConference.

This event featured speakers with expertise in wide range of rural health topics including rural workforce development and support and policy, funding and broadband access.

The event details and recordings are archived here.