Rural Telementoring UnConference

Join us Wednesday October 26, 2022 10:00am – 2:00pm CT

The Rural Telementoring UnConference is a FREE, virtual event that will feature an array of brief presentations on topics relevant to rural health care delivery, 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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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.


Wari Allison, MD, PhD

Director, Rural Telementoring Training Center
University of North Texas Health Science Center
at Fort Worth

Kerri Cornejo, MPH

Policy Coordinator,
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

David Lakey, MD

Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
& Chief Medical Officer,
The University of Texas System

Jorge Mera, MD

Director of Infectious Diseases,
Cherokee Nation Health Services

Elizabeth Merwin, PhD, RN

Dean & Professor for College of Nursing
and Health Innovation,
The University of Texas at Arlington

Mari Robinson, JD

Director of Telehealth,
University of Texas Medical Branch

Chris Salyers, DHSc

Director of Programs & Evaluation,
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

Josh Seidemann

VP of Policy & Industry Innovation,
NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association

Denna Wheeler, PhD

Director of Rural Research & Evaluation,
Oklahoma State University Center for Health Services

UnConference Agenda

All times provided for Central time zone. To calculate for your area, use this calculator.

Rural Telementoring UnConference 2022 cultivating solutions

10:00 – 10:20 AM: Welcome & opening remarks
    • Presented by Waridibo Allison MD, PhD

10:20 – 10:50 AM: Workforce development & support

    • 4-minute presentations by:
      • David Lakey, MD
      • Denna Wheeler, PhD
      • Jorge Mera, MD
      • Elizabeth Merwin, PhD, RN
10:50 – 11:00 AM: Breakout topic discovery
    • Led by Waridibo Allison MD, PhD
11:00 – 11:55 AM: Breakout Sessions – 1
    • Moderated small group discussions with presenters
    • Idea generation around topics identified during registration
    • Breakout session summaries for all attendees
11:55 AM – 12:00 PM: Break

12:00 – 12:30 PM: Presentations: Policy, funding, & broadband access

    • 4-minute presentations by:
      • Kerri Cornejo, MPH
      • Josh Seidemann
      • Chris Salyers, DHSC
      • Mari Robinson, JD

12:30 – 1:25 PM: Breakout sessions – 2

    • Moderated small group discussions with presenters
    • Idea generation around topics identified during registration
    • Breakout session summaries for all attendees

1:25 – 1:45 PM: Coming together to transform rural health with telementoring

    • Presented by Waridibo Allison MD, PhD

1:45 – 2:00 PM: Spark Plug Sessions

    • Open breakout sessions to continue networking and partnership building