Empowering Women for Rural Healthcare Leadership

This lecture series is part of a collaborative effort from the College of Health Sciences, the College of Nursing and the Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership to develop women leaders in rural health care.

Do you live or work in rural communities and have a project that would benefit from mentoring expertise? Apply for individualized mentoring by one of our lecturers. Learn more here.

Speaker Series

Fall 2024

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September 17, 2024 – 4:30 p.m.

Cynthia Chennault, RDH, BSDH, MPH

Commander, U.S. Public Health Service


Oral Health and Community Program Planning

Location: TBA or Zoom

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October 22, 2024– 4:30 p.m.

Stacey L. Schepens Niemiec, PhD, OTR/L, DipACLM

Associate Professor of Research


Community-based participatory research to develop a lifestyle intervention for aging rural-dwelling Latino patients of primary care safety-net health systems

Location: TBA or Zoom

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November 19, 2024 – 4:30 p.m.

Jordyn Jarzabski Rodas, RDN, LD

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, WIC local agency in North Texas
Member, South Plains Community Action Association


Obstacles to Opportunities: Positive Nutrition Strategies in Rural Texas

Spring 2024

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April 16, 2024 – 4:30 p.m.

Tara Haskins, DNP, AHN-BC

Director at Total Farmer Health
Consultant for a rural school-based telehealth program 


AgriSafe’s Total Farmer Health Model: A framework for the agricultural workforce and healthcare professionals

Location: Ann Stuart Science Center Room 259 or Zoom


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February 27, 2024 – 4:30 p.m.

Alva Ferdinand, DrPH, JD

Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Texas A&M School of Public Health
Director of the Southwest Rural Health Research Center


Charting a Course for Rural Health Over the Next Decade: Leading Causes of Death and Priority Healthy People 2030 Objectives

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March 26, 2024 – 4:30 p.m.

Ashley Anthony, RN, RHCEOC

CEO, Certified rural hospital
President-elect, Rural Health Association of Arkansas


Mission Driven: My Journey to CEO in Rural Healthcare

Location: Ann Stuart Science Center Room 259 or Zoom