National Rural Health Day: ‘The Providers’ Film Screening & Panel Event

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Please consider joining the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, on Thursday, November 21, 2019, for a special film screening of "The Providers" and Panel Discussion in honor of National Rural Health Day

Every third Thursday of November, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health celebrates National Rural Health Day. National Rural Health Day provides an opportunity to celebrate and say thank you to all those who impact the unique rural healthcare challenges in our communities. 

'The Providers' Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic & Physician Shortage in Rural America
Thursday, November 21, 2019 
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 pm
Location: Medical School, Duluth Campus | 1035 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812
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Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three healthcare providers in northern New Mexico. They work at El Centro, a group of safety-net clinics that offer care to all who walk through the doors, regardless of ability to pay. With intimate access, the documentary shows the transformative power of providers’ relationships with marginalized patients.

The Providers' film features family physician and alumna of the Duluth Family Medicine Residency Program, Dr. Leslie Hayes, who will join us for a panel discussion after the screening, along with Dr. Heather Bell ('09) and Dr. Kurt Devine ('87) who currently practice in rural Minnesota. 

Beverages and Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. 

  • Dr. Hayes was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2016 for her work treating opioid use disorder, particularly in pregnant women.

  • She is a native of Los Alamos, New Mexico, and has practiced family medicine in Espanola, New Mexico, for the past 25 years.


Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm