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RFI’s Associate Executive and Chief Futurist Dr. Connie Reimers-Hild discussed the need for disruption in the health care industry during her presentation today at the Nebraska Rural Health Association Conference. Here are just a few of her slides.

As the growth of people-centered, purpose-driven health care continues to intersect with the tech sector, rural communities and health care systems need to blend high-tech innovations with high-touch care for the betterment of patients, employees and citizens. However, the ways in which this happens are poised to exponentially change in the next few years.

Dr. Connie also discussed significant megatrends that hold opportunities for rural people and communities worldwide.

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RFI Community Innovation Fellow Melissa Garcia recently presented at The Marketing, Customer Experience and Communications Conference for professionals who work for natural gas distribution companies in sales and marketing, customer experience and communications. Melissa, Community Affairs Manager for Black Hills Energy, says the data and concepts she presented apply to rural communities as well.

“Creating more meaningful relationships among generations translates from organization to serviceship to leadership to growth,” she said. “These are lessons that can influence and improve work relations for those working in and with rural communities.”

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