Connect People to Care at the NFAR Technology Summit

Nancy A. Roget, MS
Project Director/Principal Investigator
National Frontier and Rural ATTC 

The National Frontier and Rural (NFAR) ATTC is hosting its 4th Annual Technology Summit in Wilmington, Delaware on August 3-5, 2016

The focus of the 2016 Technology Summit, Mind the Gap: Using Technology to Connect People to Care is to help practitioners bridge the gap between knowledge and skills. All breakout sessions are designed to promote skill development. The following are some tips to help participants have a successful experience at the NFAR Technology Summit.

Get Inspired at the Wednesday Reception

Please join us for appetizers and pre-conference networking from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3. Lonnetta Albright, President of Forward Movement, Inc. & Executive Director of the Great Lakes Addiction Technology Transfer Center will kick off the event with an inspirational talk designed to help participants increase their capacity to build programs and services that will help clients succeed.

Become Motivated by Knowledgeable and Engaging Conference Speakers

Keynote presentations will be delivered by Dr. Frederick Muench, Director of Digital Health Innovations at Northwell Health, and Dr. Gregory Downing, Executive Director of Innovation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from experts on the implementation of technology-assisted behavioral health services, such as Adam Metcalf from Project ECHO, Sarah Lord from the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health, and researchers from the University of North Texas and Virginia Commonwealth University, who will discuss the use of text messaging to improve client outcomes. Concurrent breakout sessions will focus on building specific skills to facilitate the implementation of technology-assisted care, including:
  • Email, Texting, and Security for Clinicians: A Client-centered, HIPAA-Compliant, and Collaborative Approach
  • Using Video Conferencing: Hands-On Practice Experience
  • Exploring Ethical Dilemmas with Digital Health Technologies
  • Building Recovery Capital through Telephone Support
Breakout sessions are scheduled to repeat twice to allow participants to attend two of the four sessions. We recommend sending a team of at least two people from your agency to ensure exposure to all of the valuable skills-building sessions. 

See the complete agenda.

Make Conference Connections

Come prepared with business cards and any questions you have about incorporating technology into behavioral health services. You’ll be surrounded by experts in the field of technology implementation, so this is an excellent opportunity to get answers to your questions and build a repository if ideas and contacts to assist you in overcoming challenges. Our speakers and partners are very generous about providing assistance and expertise after the event as well, so be sure to share your business cards and connect on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social media to keep the conversations going. Get started now by sharing your best tips with us on Twitter with hashtag #2016NFARSummit or post on our NFAR ATTC Facebook page.

Win Prizes

There are multiple ways attendees can enter for a chance to win daily prizes.

  • Become a new member of NFAR’s Telehealth & Technology Community (TTC) Facebook group, an online technology assistance community for behavioral health professionals. Post your name, agency, and favorite technology with the hashtag #2016NFARSummit for a chance to win prizes! 

  • Already a TTC group member? Earn chances to win prizes by inviting friends and colleagues to join. Simply ask them to join the Telehealth & Technology Community group and write a post thanking you for inviting them for an extra entry to win!

  • TWEET all about it! Use the hashtag #2016NFARSummit in your tweets during the Summit.

  • Like and post to our NFAR - National Frontier and Rural ATTC Facebook page.
Keep in Touch

As a member of NFAR’s Telehealth & Technology Community (TTC) Facebook group, you'll be joining a free online technology community resource that will:

  • Help you learn about the latest advances in online technological services and use of specific technologies; 
  • Provide an open forum for members to ask questions to telehealth and technology champions from around the world; and 
  • Serve as a resource for networking. 

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See you in Wilmington!

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