Binghamton University to host international congress on rural health


The Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University will sponsor the Third International Congress of Rural Health Nurses: Charting the Course for Rural Health in the 21st Century, October 3-5, 2002, at the Regency Conference Center located at 225 Water Street in Binghamton. The congress is open to the public.

This is the first time the congress will be held in the United States and follows in the footsteps of international meetings in Canada and Australia. The congress will provide a forum to address multidimensional issues related to rural nursing and health care, and special issues affecting the health of people in rural areas. Approximately one-fourth of the United States and up to 80 percent of the world's population lives in rural settings.

Over 150 participants from across the world are expected to attend, coming from as far afield as Australia, Japan, Iran, Zambia, Botswana, Philippines, the United Kingdom and Uganda.

Events begin at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, October 3, with a keynote address by Mary Wakefield, director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health, on "Charting A Course Using Rural Research and Health Policy."

Wakefield is the former chief of staff for United States Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND). In 1992, she worked as a consultant for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Wakefield has served on many health-related advisory boards, including President Clinton's Advisory Commission of Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry and the Advisory Commission to the Office of Rural Health Policy, Department of Health and Human Services. Currently, she serves as chair of the National Advisory Council for Health Care Research and Quality of the Federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

Wakefield is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, has presented nationally and internationally on public policy and strategies to influence policymaking and political process, and has authored many articles and columns. 

Breakout sessions on October 3 will include discussion on recruitment and retention of nurse practitioners in rural areas, health policy and roles, and violence in the lives of rural children and adolescents.

On Friday, October 4, the congress will feature a daylong schedule of roundtable discussions. Topics include funding for rural research, the care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease in rural settings, rural women’s health care needs, and health promotion.

The final day of the congress, Saturday, October 5, will feature keynote speaker Rita Carty, dean and professor of the College of Nursing and Health Science, George Mason University, and secretary general, Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery Development. Carty is a fellow of the American Academy in Nursing and serves in the state and local advisory group to the National Domestic Preparedness Office. Carty is expected to begin her address at 10 a.m. which is titled “Global Health Strategies to Meet Rural Health Needs: A Nursing and Midwifery Response.”

Registration fees for the full congress, which includes breakfast and lunch, is $225.00. One day congress attendance, including breakfast and lunch, is $130.00. 

The congress is sponsored by the Decker School of Nursing at Binghamton University, an internationally recognized leader in rural health education.

For further information on the congress and related events, contact Roberta Brundege at 607-777-4954. Information is also available on the congress website at

Last Updated: 9/17/13