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WONCA World Rural Health Conference

Oct 12-15, 2019 Albuquerque, N.M.

The National Rural Health Association and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center invite you to be a part of the 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference Oct. 12-15 2019 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

With this conference, we hope to bring together providers, educators and researchers in the pursuit of improving health care for all rural populations across the globe.


  • Expand your knowledge of rural health best practices through interactive scientific programs and skill workshops.
  • Learn the latest healthcare advances from experts in the field, keynotes and distinguished faculty.
  • Network with a diverse set of like-minded colleagues and peers pursuing the same worthy goal: to improve health care for all rural populations.
  • Earn CME credits accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. More info is available under the 'Scholarships' menu.

Join rural health leaders across the globe in the Land of Enchantment Oct. 12-15 for a truly world-class event. And plan now to arrive early for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Global Health Summit Oct. 9-12. Dual registrants will receive a 15% discount code.

  • icon-agenta Agenda

    Draft 2019 WONCA World Rural Health Conference agenda (updated 09.13.19)

    Poster submissions are now being accepted for the WONCA WRHC19 event until Sept. 23.


    Emerging event highlights include:

    • The power of UNM’s revolutionary Project ECHO telemedicine platform with a live session with real time experts from across the globe focusing on rural health care delivery.
    • Engaging keynotes including NASA physician Erik Antonsen who will speak on the “Rural Clinician for Mars.”

  • icon-scholarships Scholarships

    Scholarships are no longer available at this time. Look for further correspondance as to their availability and/or watch this space.

    Consider making a donation to assist colleagues from across the globe in attending the 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference by funding the WRHC19 Scholarship Program.



    Continuing Medical Education

    The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    Further information on the application process and hours available is forthcoming.

  • icon-field-visits Field Visits

    NRHA and UNMHSC have coordinated several additional opportunities for clinical and cultural education and entertainment including five unique field visits, eight hands-on workshops, and an international aviation event.

    Field Visits

    Learn about the five unique field visits offered to WRHC19 event attendees from 8 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Oct. 14. Each is limited to 54 attendees and costs $35-50 for entrance and round-trip transportation. Don't forget to select these items during the registration process.


    Learn about the eight hands-on workshops offered to WRHC19 event attendees throughout the week. Each costs $35 and attendance is limited. Don't forget to select these items during the registration process:


    • Sunday, Oct. 13 from 10:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.:
      • Obstetrical Emergencies: Advanced Life Support Simulations
    • Sunday, Oct. 13 from 2:45 - 5 p.m.:
      • Point-of-Care Ultrasound
      • Stabilizing the Unstable Patient in Low Resource Settings
    • Monday, Oct. 14 from 9 - 11:15 a.m.:
      • Placement and Management of Intrauterine Devices
      • Joint Injection
    • Monday, Oct. 14 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.:
      • Cryotherapy
    • Tuesday, Oct. 15 from 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.:
      • Skin Biopsy
      • Dermoscopy

    Balloon Ascension Finale Breakfast

    The most thrilling hot air balloon ascension in the world will occur Sunday, Oct. 13 during the last day of the 2019 Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

    Join an exclusive group of attendees to witness this bucket list moment set before the backdrop of the beautiful Sandia mountains in the stunning Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum. This $79 package includes:


    • Roundtrip bus transportation from conference hotels and admission to the museum
    • Fully catered hot breakfast with beverages served at 5:30 a.m. in the exclusive indoor dining room with views overlooking Balloon Fiesta Park.
    • Access to the outdoor patio setting, the absolute best view in Albuquerque of the mass ascensio, for prime viewing and taking photos.
    • Access to the Balloon Fiesta Field for merchandise and close up views of balloons during preparation and lift-off.
    • Tickets limited to 200, first come, first served. Additional tickets for entrance into the Balloon Fiesta Park can be purchased in the Balloon Museum Gift Shoppe.

    These opportunities are offered exclusively to provide WRHC19 event attendees priority access to an already incredible event. Don't forget to select this item during the registration process.

  • icon-rates Rates

    Register online for our Albuquerque events

    You may also register via downloadable PDF form and email to, mail or fax.

    WONCA World Rural Health Conference Rates
    Register before the discount deadline of Aug. 30 to save:

    Before Aug. 30:

    • $795 - General: Higher-income country of origin*
    • $395 - General: Lower-income country of origin*
    • $595 - Residents/Nurses/PAs
    • $295 - UMIC Students/Young Doctors+
    • $148 - LMIC Students/Young Doctors+

    After Aug. 30:
    • $995 - General: Higher-income country of origin*
    • $495 - General: Lower-income country of origin*
    • $695 - Residents/Nurses/PAs
    • $325 - UMIC Students/Young Doctors+
    • $163 - LMIC Students/Young Doctors+

    *Check your eligibility for country-specific rates
    +WONCA defines young doctor as a doctor in residency training and for the five years after that, or five years from full registration for those who do not undertake residency training.

    Complete your World Rural Health Conference registration to receive a 15% off discount code for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Global Health Summit Oct. 9-12 and plan to arrive early to Albuquerque.

    WONCA direct members will receive a discount upon request.
    (All rates in U.S. dollars)

  • icon-exhibitors Exhibitors

    Exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers
    Don't miss the opportunity to increase your visibility in the rural market with ads and sponsorships or by becoming a vetted NRHA Partner.

    The 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference engagement guide includes many unique sponsorship and exhibit opportunities specific to this event. Contact Colleen Bay to learn more.

    NRHA offers sponsorships for all events, providing a valuable opportunity for your organization to gain visibility. These sponsorships, ads and partnerships are great ways to get your company's message in the hands of hundreds of attendees. Remember, one-third of all U.S. hospitals are rural facilities.

    Download NRHA's 2019 engagement guide for more opportunities.

  • icon-building Accommodations

    Book your hotel accommodations online at WONCA partner hotels via our Albuquerque visitors guide or the numbers below. Mention the WONCA conference to receive discounted rates.

    Hyatt Regency Albuquerque - $189 - (888) 421-1442
    Doubletree by Hilton Albuquerque - $199 - (800) 584-5058
    Embassy Suites Albuquerque - $239 (800) 445-8667
    Hotel Andaluz - $269 - (505) 242-9090



    Discover North America’s Land of Enchantment in the heart of the spirited Southwest United States with our Albuquerque hotel and tourism guide.

    Creative cultures flourish in this region, recognized as one of the most widely diverse areas of the U.S. New Mexico’s colorful tapestry is reflected in its architecture, art, culture and cuisine. Customs and traditions passed down over generations remain a vibrant part of daily life set against a backdrop of the breathtaking Sandia Mountains.

    Exclusive bus tour packages curated for WRHC19 attendees and their families are available to compliment your stay in Albuquerque, including transportation to the 2019 International Balloon Fiesta. All tours are to be booked through transportation providers.

  • International Attendees



    The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and the National Rural Health Association welcome attendees from across the globe to the largest academic gathering of international rural health professionals.

    This letter of invitation on behalf of 2019 World Rural Health Conference co-host and NRHA senior vice president for member services Brock Slabach can be customized and used at your discretion.

    Most attendees traveling from outside the U.S. will need to apply for a B1 Visitor Visa in order to enter the country to attend an educational event.

    Visa-waiver countries of origin
    If your country of origin is included in this list you may be eligible for the visa-waiver program. Please note that each traveler from a visa-waiver country must have a valid Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) before boarding a U.S. bound aircraft. Visit the ESTA webpage for more information and to apply.

    Visa-required countries of origin
    If your country of origin is not a visa-waiver country you must apply for a B1 Visitor Visa in order to enter the U.S. to attend an educational event. In some cases, the B1 Visitor Visa process can take up to 28 business days to schedule an interview at an Embassy or Consulate of the U.S. in your home country, so we recommend that you begin the process early.


    Supporting Organizations

    Founded in 1972, WONCA, the World Organization of Family Doctors, is an international organization committed to improving the quality of life in rural communities around the globe and providing a forum for exchange of knowledge.