On behalf of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, an in person Community Leader Focus Group was organized as a pre-session to the annual 2012 Arizona Rural Health Conference. The event took place on September 13 with eleven participants attending from throughout the state. Alison Hughes, a past-president of NOSORH and Tucson resident, facilitated the meeting. Focus group participants were interested in knowing more about the interests and needs of the rural residents. The learning objectives advertised in the rural health conference program were as follows:
- Share ideas regarding the content of a national rural leadership training program.
- Gain an understanding of the needs surrounding rural leadership development.
- Gain an understanding of the gaps in rural leadership development that can be filled through a national rural leadership development program.
This report presents the key findings of the focus group.