And the winner is...

Award winning staffOur Center recently received some exciting news as we have been named the Outstanding Rural Health Organization for 2013 by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). We are greatly humbled to join the other organizations and individuals which will be recognized by the NRHA at their annual conference next week in Louisville, Kentucky.

Perhaps my favorite part of our Center receiving this award was the opportunity to read the nomination letters from the 18 individuals who nominated our organization. I thought I’d share a few sentences from a few of the nomination letters with you here:

“The Center for Rural Health (CRH) has collaborated in supporting the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requirements, and promoting health integration's initiatives in rural areas. Moreover, their partnerships with the Arizona’s sovereign nations to provide leadership and capacity building assistance on health promotion/disease prevention and interventions had been essential to improve the health of diverse populations and cultural competent services across the state.”

“Overall, it is evident that the CRH takes a passionate approach to rural healthcare improvement and promotion through their involvements not only as a collaborative Centre, but also as individual members. The support they provide rural communities goes far beyond the community forums, as the Centre strives to take an active role in healthcare promotion and rural healthcare education targeting students and professionals in order to improve healthcare quality in the future.”    

“Policy makers turn to the CRH for advice and analysis, and to assure quality care in rural areas.  Center faculty participate in rural health professions education and training programs with medical, nursing, pharmacy and public health students, conduct research on health professional workforce to underscore the need for more rural health professionals, and help train the next generation of rural health researchers and public health providers. The CRH team includes experienced policy, health services, and translational researchers and staff. The faculty members have extensive experience synthesizing rural health research results into easily understood reports by a non-technical policy audience.  CRH exemplifies all of the attributes of an Outstanding Rural Health Program.”

“The CRH sponsors their own annual events, including the always successful legislative day in January.  This event, held at the Arizona Capitol, always attract legislators from around Arizona to meet with constituents of rural health.    The CRH is a reliable and dependable partner, and working with them has always helped us achieve results.”

“The CRH provides the leadership and strength in addressing the health care needs of rural Arizona by using workforce data and other research to guide those efforts. The CRH has the compassion and the commitment to build a stronger and healthier rural Arizona.”

I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank those who nominated our Center for this award and to congratulate the other award winners. It is both humbling and affirming to receive an honor such as this. On behalf of our Center, I want to assure you that receiving this award will cause us to work even harder to improve access to care, optimize costs to care and enhance the quality and safety of care for the residents of rural Arizona.

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