An Un-Meeting on Rural Health and Health Equity

Welcome to the event website for the Un-Meeting on Rural Health and Health Equity, taking place on Monday, April 8, 2019 in Gainesville, Florida.

This event will focus on catalyzing new collaborations to bridge the translational science, cooperative extension and other sectors to improve rural health and achieve health equity. Discussion topics will be identified and prioritized by attendees in real time, but examples of potential topics of interest include food insecurity, the opioid epidemic, geographic disparities, experiential learning opportunities, social determinants of health, healthy environments, rural diversity and cultural identity, access to health care, rural stress, occupational health, bridging silos across sectors and disciplines, and opportunities for regional research collaborations. It is hosted by the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences with support from UF and the Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC), the coordinating center for the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program.

This page will be updated throughout the spring with the latest event information and resources.

What is an Un-Meeting?

The Un-Meeting format, which is without the rules and structure of a traditional conference, provides a unique opportunity for attendees to focus on what really matters to them, as they drive the agenda and the resulting discussions. This format is particularly beneficial for multidisciplinary groups of participants with varied backgrounds and areas of expertise. Visit the CLIC blog and website to read more about the April 8 event, explore the Un-Meeting concept in more detail, or check out an example of a past Un-Meeting.

Who should attend?

We encourage participation from researchers and stakeholders interested in forging cross-sector partnerships to improve rural health and achieve health equity. Our goal is to bring together a dynamic group of attendees representing CTSA Program hubs, Cooperative Extension services and other sectors. Diverse areas of expertise are welcome and needed, such as community engagement, team science, implementation and dissemination science, public health, and health communication, among many others.

Due to space constraints and a desire to ensure broad representation, registration will initially be limited to one or two representatives from each CTSA Program hub. If registration has reached capacity, additional representatives interested in the event will be able to add their names to a waiting list through the Eventbrite form. We will assess space after February 18 and will be in touch if space has opened up for the waiting list.

Event Information and Registration

An Un-Meeting on Rural Health and Health Equity

Event details

Welcome Reception:
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
UF Clinical and Translational Research Building

Monday, April 8, 2019, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention
811 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida


Registration is now open! Space is limited. We encourage CTSA Program hub and Cooperative Extension representatives to register by Feb. 18, after which we will expand registration to local attendees. Registration will close on March 18, 2019. After receiving your registration, we will follow up to request additional information in preparation for the event.

Costs and travel stipends

There is no cost to register for the event, but attendees are responsible for their own travel costs and arrangements. To help defray costs and encourage broad participation from national CTSA Program hubs and Cooperative Extension services, travel stipends are available as follows:

  • CTSA Program hub nominees: Thanks to the generous support of CLIC, one nominee from each CTSA Program hub is eligible to receive a travel stipend of up to $500. Selection of a hub’s nominee is at the discretion of the hub principal investigator (PI), and requires a letter of support from the hub PI as follows:
    • Letter of support template: A template letter of support is provided, with the information needed as well as details about the kinds of costs eligible for reimbursement. Completed letters should be placed on your institution’s letterhead and signed by your hub PI.
    • Letter of support submission: If you select the stipend option during registration, we will follow up to request additional information and the signed letter of support.
  • Cooperative Extension attendees: Thanks to the generous support of UF/IFAS, a limited number of stipends are available to attendees who work with Cooperative Extension Service institutions. One recipient per institution is eligible to receive a travel stipend of up to $500 on a first-come, first-serve basis, at the discretion of organizers. Simply indicate your interest in an Extension travel stipend on the registration form, and we will follow up with you.


A discounted rate of $129 is available at the Hilton UF Conference Center Hotel. This special rate will be available until March 8 or until the group block is sold out, whichever comes first.

Hilton UF Conference Center Hotel
1714 SW 34th Street, Gainesville, Florida 32607
Un-Meeting Hotel Reservation Site
Phone: 352-371-3600

Note: This reservation page works best on Firefox or Chrome, not Internet Explorer.


The Cade Museum

The mission of the Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention is to transform communities ​by inspiring ​and equipping future ​​inventors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. The museum is named for Dr. James Robert Cade, a professor of renal (kidney) medicine at the University of Florida and the lead inventor of the sports drink Gatorade. Opened to the public in May 2018, the museum reflects Dr. Cade’s outlandish spirit, zest for life and new ideas and his constant, genuine interest in helping, motivating and encouraging people of all ages and experience.

The University of Florida Clinical and Translational Research Building

As headquarters for clinical and translational science at UF, the building brings together research teams from different scientific spheres and houses patient-oriented research venues for the CTSI and the Institute on Aging. The 120,000-square-foot facility, completed in 2013, features two main wings. It achieved platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, signifying it meets the highest standards for environmentally friendly design. The building was funded in part through an NIH ARRA grant awarded to the Institute on Aging.

Contact for Questions

Sign up here for Un-Meeting email updates.

Questions? Email or call 352-273-8700.