Rural Health Equity Toolkit and an Illinois Program in Action: June 20

Time: 11:00 AM


Webinar - 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.


This program is complimentary. Funding for this program was provided by IDPH Improving the Health of Illinoisans Through Chronic Disease Prevention grant.

Register Online

Rural communities face unique challenges in addressing barriers to health and health equity. This webinar series will explore those issues while providing you with toolkits to support your efforts to advance health equity: Social Determinants of Health In Rural Communities toolkit and Rural Health Equity toolkit, both from the Rural Health Information Hub. You’ll hear about evidence-based models and resources, as well as promising solutions, to support implementation of programs that address social determinants of health (SDOH). The webinars will also cover the use of strategic framing and planning in developing rural community health programs to advance health equity, along with how to identify community priorities, foster multisector partnerships and build organizational capacity. Several Illinois small and rural hospitals will share their journeys to reduce SDOH and enhance equity in their communities.


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand models and resources in implementing social determinants of health programs.

  • Recognize the challenges faced in rural communities in regards to health equity.

  • Understand how Illinois rural hospitals are working in the areas of social determinants of health and health equity.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for C-Suite leaders, nurses, physicians, health educators, social workers and those interested in implementing programs to address social determinants of health and health equity.


Lisa Harries, IHA Assistant Vice President, Health Equity and Policy
Harries focuses on developing, evaluating and implementing policy proposals and advocacy strategies to address healthcare disparities and inequities in Illinois hospitals. She has extensive experience in leading efforts to advance health equity in partnership with health systems, community-based organizations and community members. She is IHA’s first leader completely dedicated to leading IHA’s health equity initiatives. Before joining IHA, Harries led COVID-19 healthcare worker operations at Rush University Medical Center, including the hospital’s equity-focused COVID-19 vaccine rollout. She also worked in healthcare consulting specializing in patient access, community engagement, patient experience, safety and quality, and revenue cycle operations.       

Pam Logan, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Marshall Browning Hospital, Du Quoin
In over 30 years at Marshall Browning Hospital, Logan has overseen the hospital’s Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Advisory Committee, served as the key liaison between the hospital and community partners including the school district, coordinated outreach activities including health fairs and monthly community health education programs, and served as the hospital’s Community Champion through the Delta Region Community Health Services Development program. She serves as a member of the Perry County Healthy Communities Coalition and on the Board of Directors of Perry County Transition2Hope. She is passionate about improving the quality of life of individuals and families experiencing homelessness and providing resources that empower them to improve their lives, achieve greater self-sufficiency and build safe, secure lives.

Luciana Rocha, MPH, Senior Research Scientist, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
Rocha’s research has focused on public health systems and infrastructure, social determinants of health and health equity, and rural healthcare access and delivery. She has over 12 years of experience in conducting qualitative program evaluation. Rocha led the development of the Rural Health Equity Toolkit for the Rural Health Information Hub.