The Health of Older Adults in Rural Communities: Mind, Body, and Soul

Jefferson Healthcare was chosen as one of three site across the country to host a regional convening by the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, an initiative of the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers (National Center). On October 21, 2019, Jefferson Healthcare will bring together stakeholders from across Washington State to discuss the complex care needs for older adults in rural settings. The convening, held at the Northwest Maritime Center in Port Townsend, WA,  will provide the opportunity to exchange knowledge regarding approaches that have adapted principles of complex care to rural communities.  It will also directly address the barriers of professional isolation for those working to address these issues.

At the same time, conditions in rural communities bring strengths that can contribute to successful complex care implementation.  Whole-person care is achieved when a small community means people are interactive with and observant of each other in multiple settings.  In addition, trusting relationships across sectors and organizations in a care ecosystem can be easier to foster when individuals tend to have relationships or interactions outside their professional roles.

Finally, the scarcity of an obvious answer or resource often serves, by necessity, as an incubator for creative, potentially even radically transformative solutions.  In the National Center’s efforts to capture knowledge across these regional convenings, the opportunity to document major insights and examples or innovation coming out of rural communities would be an underutilized resource to tap into, allowing larger communities to extrapolate lessons from the insights and experiences of rural communities.


The goals of this event is to:

  1. Increase knowledge among those working in rural communities by sharing approaches to complex care for older adults.
  2. Catalyze ideas for new and adapted solutions to better serve rural communities.
  3. Build networks among those who participate.


This is an invitation only event.  Inquiries can be made to

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Registration (coming soon)

Hotel Information

Ravenscroft Inn

p) 360.205.2147  I  533 Quincy Street, Port Townsend, WA. 98368  I

The Bishop Victorian Hotel

p) 833.254.2469  I  714 Washington Street, Port Townsend, WA. 98368  I

The Swan Hotel

p) 800.776.1718  I  222 Monroe Street, Port Townsend, WA. 98368  I

Aladdin Motor Inn

p) 360.385.3747  I  2333 Washington Street, Port Townsend, WA. 98368  I

Harborside Inn

p) 360.385.7909  I  350 Benedict Street, Port Townsend, WA. 98368  I