This is the 26th year of the West Virginia Rural Health Conference, the only rural health conference in the state.

The conference features national and state best practices speakers, provides continuing education to physicians, attorneys, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dentists, community health educators and others, and is an unparalleled opportunity to network with others interested in improving rural health care in West Virginia.


With support from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, and other generous sponsors, the conference gathers individuals and groups interested in the health of rural residents.

The 2018 conference agenda will be the collaborative result of statewide partners seeking the best speakers to address current topics of interest in rural health.

We will update this page with information about presentations, keynote speakers and other details as they come to hand. Stay tuned!


Our conference brochure has all the information about registration, the venue, being a sponsor or exhibitor, and the schedule of presentations.

Pipestem Resort State Park sits on the east rim of the Bluestone River Gorge. The 4,050-acre park is located on the border of Summers and Mercer counties and features two hotels, one of which lies at the bottom of the gorge and can only be accessed by an aerial tramway.

Learn more about Pipestem Resort State Park at wvstateparks.com/park/pipestem-resort-state-park/

Once you have registered for the conference, you must contact Pipestem Resort State Park to reserve your accommodation.

Call 304.466.1800, and tell them you’re attending the West Virginia Rural Health Conference.

Do More Than Just Attend.

The West Virginia Rural Health Association is a nonprofit, grassroots, member-driven organization with the mission to unite people, communities and organizations to strengthen rural health in West Virginia.

By becoming a member of the West Virginia Rural Health Association, you make yourself a powerful advocate for empowering all West Virginians to advance their quality of life, their well-being and their access to excellence in rural health care.

Memberships start at just $10.