It is with the greatest pleasure that we welcome you to the 13th EURIPA Rural Health Forum, which is being hosted by the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH), University of Lincoln, England from 20th-22nd June 2024.
13th EURIPA Forum Theme: Tackling Health Inequalities in Rural and Remote Communities
The 13th EURIPA Rural Health Forum will be hosted in the beautiful medieval city of Lincoln, which is located in the large rural county of Lincolnshire, on England’s East Coast. This will be the first time that the forum has been held in the United Kingdom, and my colleagues and I at the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health are delighted to welcome you to our city and region. The 2024 Forum will address critical concerns around place-based population health, and seek to understand health inequalities in rural and remote communities across Europe, and collectively with EURIPA members and delegates develop time-critical solutions for inclusive primary care practice and family medicine. Key themes will also include community engagement (including coastal and island populations), rural workforce and rural proofing, dialogue with policy makers, educators, academics, and professional bodies, as well as the role of digital technology and remote solutions for primary healthcare.
The event will be held on the University of Lincoln campus, and the forum venue will include the new Lincoln Medical School, which was established in 2018 with the specific aim of improving the recruitment and retention of doctors in Lincolnshire. Rurality is a principal theme at the University of Lincoln, and a key aspect of the University’s civic mission. In April 2020, the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH), was launched to lead research within the field of place-based population health, addressing the unique and contextual health challenges of dispersed, rural communities around the world, and the underrepresentation of rural people in health and social care research..
We look forward to engaging with rural health practitioners and researchers from across Europe in developing equitable healthcare solutions to meet the needs of all populations. We are also very excited to welcome you to Lincolnshire and sharing with you our regional fare and hospitality.
Prof. Mark Gussy
Global Professor of Rural Health, Director of the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health.