Rural Telementoring UnConference 2022

You drove the agenda.

You shaped the conversation.

On October 26, 2022, the national Rural Telementoring Training Center (RTTC) held a virtual Rural Telementoring UnConference featuring 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. Learn more and view presentations below.

View Rural Telementoring UnConference Agenda

RTTC UnConference Group Photo
Group photo from the inaugural Rural Telementoring UnConference

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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Network and stay connected by joining our UnConference LinkedIn Group


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