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Texas Rural Health Advocacy Days March 4-5, 2013 Omni Downtown Hotel—Austin Deadline for registration: February 28, 2013 Hotel Deadline: February 11, 2013


With the Texas Legislature going back into session in January, it is time to turn our attention to our state-level issues. Rural Health Advocacy Days are set for March 4-5 in Austin. Plan to make this a priority once again for yourself and your community to participate in this important event. Members are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting to bring increased awareness of rural issues to the members of the Texas Legislature and to give members a firm understanding of the content and techniques associated with this vital grassroots initiative. Texas Rural Health Advocacy Days is a joint effort of TORCH and the Texas Rural Health Association to help carry rural health issues to our elected Representatives and Senators. TORCH and TRHA Members will join together so we can make more noise with a single voice and call attention to a broader scope of issues. Each organization will plan and prepare their own advocacy efforts in a separate, but coordinated manner and will show a joint presence in the Capitol on March 4-5 for even greater visibility. Take action to protect your community by attending Rural Health Advocacy Days. As always, we thank you for your support and hope you will be able to participate in this important event.

2013 Texas Rural Health Advocacy Days Tentative Agenda Day One: March 4, 2013 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


1:30 pm

Welcome and Opening Comments

2:00 pm

Advocating for Rural Texas: A discussion and guidance about the importance and impact of advocating for rural health issues. This will include how to ”make your case,” talk with Legislators and staff and some do’s and don’ts.

3:00 pm

Outlining the Advocacy Agendas: This will be a presentation on the TORCH and TRHA legislative agendas so members can better understand the issues.

4:00 pm

Overview of 83rd Legislative Session: A panel of legislative staff and Capitol observers will lay out the most recent events in the Legislature as well as the anticipated focus and the political landscape.

5:00 pm

Keynote Address: Senator Robert Duncan (invited): Senator Duncan represents the largest and most rural Senate district in Texas. His district spans from up in the Panhandle, down through Lubbock, to San Angelo, and back through part of Abilene. It has 20% of the counties in Texas and covers more than 48,000 square miles.

5:30 pm

Reception for attendees and guests. Networking and refreshments with the opportunity for conversation.

7:00 pm

Dinner on Your Own

Day Two: March 5, 2013 7:30 am

Breakfast and Orientation/Briefing Review of materials, last minute information and questions

9:00 am

Leave for Capitol

9:15 am

Appointments with Legislators Members from each organization will discuss their individual organization’s goals and issues with members of the Legislature and staff during scheduled visits. Lunch on Your Own (great cafeteria in the Capitol Extension!)

Rural Health Advocacy Days will be held at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. To make room reservations, call the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown at (800) 843-6664 before February 11, 2013, to ensure accommodations at the special $195.00 rate in the Rural Health Advocacy Days room block. If you have questions, call TORCH at (512) 873-0045.

2013 Texas Rural Health Advocacy Days Registration Form March 4-5, 2013 • Omni Downtown Hotel—Austin

(Please print or type clearly; use copies of this form for additional registrants)


First/Last Name: Hospital/Company: Address: City: State: Zip: E-mail: Phone Number:

Fax Number:

I am well acquainted with our elected officials: Yes q No q Legislative appointments will be made for you upon receipt of this registration form. The main contact will be notified of the appointment times.

TORCH or TRHA Member $50 q Credit Card q

Total Amount Enclosed:

Check q (Make checks payable to: Texas Rural Health Advocacy Days)

Mail check and form to: TORCH, P.O. Box 203878, Austin, TX 78720-3878 (this is a new address) —OR— REGISTER ONLINE AT

To Pay By Credit Card: VISA: q MC: q AMEX: q DISCOVER: q

Exp Date:

Security Code:

Credit Card Number: Company Name: Person Authorized to Charge: Signature Authorizing Charge: Billing Address:

City: State: Zip: Phone Number: E-mail Address:


Texas Rural Health Advocacy Days March 4-5, 2013 Omni Downtown Hotel—Austin Deadline for registration: February 28, 2013 Hotel Deadline: February 11, 2013


2013 Texas Rural Health Advocacy Days  

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