RFI Chief Futurist To Keynote Sept. 19 Nebraska Rural Health Association Annual Conference

Connie Reimers-Hild Keynote: Why does your organization exist?


Why does your health care organization exist? Why would anyone want to go there as either a patient or an employee?

Organizations need to be able to clearly answer these essential questions, if they are going to compete in an era of exponential change and continuous disruption.

In her keynote presentation at the Nebraska Rural Health Conference Sept. 19, 9:15 a.m., in Kearney, Neb., Connie Reimers-Hild, Interim Executive Director and Chief Futurist at the Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska, will explain how health care practitioners throughout the state can seek their purpose through various strategic foresight techniques.

“Already and into the future what you do can be replaced, but who you are and why you exist—that essential purpose—can keep your ideas and actions mapped strategically forward,” Reimers-Hild said. “We need to understand the state of health care as ever-evolving, ever-changing, and that is most comfortable for us when our purpose remains steadfast while our strategies pivot. It is where we begin to innovate.”

Reimers-Hild, a researcher, entrepreneur and high-touch futurist, helps leaders and organizations reach their desired futures through strengths-based innovation and strategic foresight. Her research, experiences and education in both the hard and human sciences allow her to see how our exponentially high-tech world must balance with a high-touch, strengths-based approach to leadership and life—we must explore the intersections of science fiction and what it means to be human.

Reimers-Hild assumed her current role as RFI’s interim executive director in July 2018, working to purposefully carry forward the University’s rural mission as well as her own to empower business, hospital and community leaders in and on behalf of rural communities around the globe.

“Rural providers that will be successful in making the transition to the future will not be the one who are the strongest they will be those most willing to change,” said John Roberts, Executive Director of the Nebraska Rural Hospital Association (NeRHA). “Through Dr. Connie’s presentation, leaders can learn to use strategic foresight tools to foster a future with not only positive health care outcomes, but with social, ecological and agricultural benefits as as well.”

The Nebraska Rural Health Conference advances and publicizes rural health issues and seeks to solve rural health care challenges.

This year’s conference, “Shaping Sustainable Solutions,” will bring together residents of rural Nebraska communities, rural health professionals of all specialties, representatives of state, local, and national governments, and the full range of private sector rural health organizations to provide relevant and timely information and best practices to all people who care about the rural health.

The conference will be held Sept. 19 and 20 at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney, Neb.



Reimers-Hild hosted Roberts on Episode 7 of the Rural Futures podcast.



About the Rural Futures Institute at the University of Nebraska

The Rural Futures Institute (RFI) at the University of Nebraska leverages the talents and research-based expertise from across the NU system on behalf of rural communities in Nebraska, the U.S. and around the world. Through a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, RFI encourages bold and futuristic approaches to address rural issues and opportunities. It works collaboratively with education, business, community, non-profit, government and foundation partners to empower rural communities and their leaders.

About the Nebraska Rural Health Association

The Nebraska Rural Health Association is the leading advocate for the improved health of rural Nebraska. The association’s mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications and education. NeRHA membership consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.