2023 Innovating Rural Health Event Series


The 2023 Illinois Rural Health Summit: Exploring Gender Health Equity through Policy will discuss challenges and opportunities, share best practices, and identify policy changes that could lead to more equitable care for the most vulnerable among us. SIU Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy, in partnership with SIU School of Law, will host a virtual and in-person event in October. The hybrid format of this series provided opportunities to educate a wide audience and will focus on gender health equity and lead the conversation on how policy, research and clinical care can all work together to make strides towards achieving better gender health equity in rural Illinois.

The 2023 Illinois Rural Health Summit is an event built on the success of two longstanding Illinois events – the SIH/SIU Health Policy Institute, and the Illinois Rural Health Summit.

Event: 2023 Illinois Rural Health Summit: Exploring Gender Health Equity Through Policy
October 10, 2023

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Paula Basta, MDiv, Director, Illinois Department on Aging
  • Kim Hunt, MUP, MPP, Executive Director, Pride Action Tank, AIDS Foundation Chicago
  • Brian C. Johnson, JD, MBA, CEO, Equality Illinois

Topics Include:

  • Gender-Affirming Care
  • Stigma
  • Rural OB Closures
  • Inclusive Education for Providers
  • Stories from Those Who Lived It

Click to download the full agenda here.
Watch the recording of this event here.


Special thanks to 2023 Innovating Illinois Rural Health Summit Supporters: 
Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN); Illinois Area Health Education Centers (IL AHEC; Illinois HIV Care Connect; Janssen, the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson; Unite Us; SIU Medicine Alliance for Women in Medicine and Science; and SIU Medicine Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.