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Law school to host Rural Healthcare Symposium

The University of Georgia School of Law will host the third annual Rural Healthcare Symposium April 5 starting at 9 a.m. in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall.

Health care policymakers, executives, entrepreneurs and scholars will explore a range of issues addressing local and national rural health care disparities.

There will be four panels focusing on rural health care administration and management by those “in the trenches,” transformative ideas in rural health, mental and behavioral health shortages, and the intersection of rural health and rural economic development.

The keynote speaker will be the National Rural Health Association’s Maggie Elehwany, who serves as the group’s vice president of government affairs and policy.

The goal of the Rural Healthcare Symposium is to serve as an annual focused policy discussion on the rural health care crisis in the U.S., emphasizing possible solutions, according to conference organizer and law school associate professor Fazal Khan.

“As an academic institution, the University of Georgia School of Law aims to bring attention to the past, present and future of rural health care in our state,” he said.

The symposium is open free to the public. Continuing legal education credit, for attorneys licensed in Georgia, is available for a fee. For more information and to register, visit

The event is co-presented by the School of Law and Boling & Company and is made possible with support from the Healthcare Georgia Foundation.

This conference demonstrates the law school’s commitment to preparing its students for real-world practice by connecting them to policymakers, practitioners and legal leaders seeking to improve our state and society, according to law school Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge.