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2023 Rural Health Awards 

2023 Rural Health Awards Nominations

An Awards Event Celebrating Excellence in Rural Health

Each year LRHA honors outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the health and well-being of others. Previous recipients have stretched the boundaries of possibility by forging innovative programs and services, making rural life healthier and more compassionate. The 2023 Rural Health Awards will be presented on Monday, November 6, 2023 during the Awards Luncheon of the Louisiana Rural Health Summit. 

Consider nominating your favorite rural health individual, program or organization so that they may be honored for their contributions to rural health!

Nomination Guidelines

·    Nominations will open on August 1, 2023.

·    Nominations will be accepted from any individual, organizational, or supporting member in good standing.

·    Selections will be made solely on the basis of a 300-500 word narrative, included in the nomination form.  To ensure accountability, either the nominee or nominator must have a connection to LRHA through membership.

·    In addition to the nomination form, supporting documents such as press releases, videos, articles, and other publications are recommended but not required.

·    All submitted nominations will be reviewed by the Awards Committee which consists of rural health care professionals appointed to this post by the LRHA Executive Director and Board of Directors.

·    All nominations must be completed and submitted to LRHA. All submissions must be received on or before September 15, 2023.

Awards Presentation and Recognition

The 2023 Awards presentation will be held during the 2023 Louisiana Rural Health Summit. Awardees will be recognized, presented an award for display, and allowed time to speak during the Awards Luncheon. 

Rural Health Awards Categories

Outstanding Rural Health Organization

The Outstanding Rural Health Organization Award recognizes any community-based group or organization that has improved access to health services and information for rural people through innovative, comprehensive approaches. Factors considered include outreach, preventive health and education, quality and efficiency of care, and strong community support and involvement.

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(Closes September 15, 2023)

Outstanding Rural Health Program

The Outstanding Rural Health Program Award recognizes a community, regional, or statewide program involving one or more health professionals or entities that promotes or facilitates the development of rural health delivery systems. Factors considered include coordination of services with other health care agencies to avoid duplication of services, networking and collaboration with other health care entities to achieve common goals, innovation in development and implementation, and lasting impact on populations and areas served.

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(Closes September 15, 2023)

Rural Health Practitioner of the Year

The Rural Health Practitioner of the Year Award recognizes a direct service provider for leadership in bringing health services to rural populations. This award is meant to be inclusive of all health disciplines (e.g. medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, nursing, therapy, etc.). Factors taken into consideration include providing outstanding care, involvement in the community, and lasting contributions to the health care system.

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(Closes September 15, 2023)

Rural Health Professional of the Year

The Rural Health Professional of the Year recognizes a health care administrator, or a community rural health care delivery practice (CAH, CHC or RHC) for contribution/leadership in health care services throughout rural communities. Efforts taken into consideration include providing outstanding leadership, community involvement, lasting contributions to the health care system, and outreach efforts.

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(Closes September 15, 2023)

Nominations Close September 15, 2023!

About the Association

Our Values

  • Integrity: We value transparency, build trust, and represent the interest of our collective membership.
  • Connection: We believe communication and relationships are critical for supporting our members.
  • Unity: We know that we can collectively impact lives of rural Louisianans through collaboration, representation, and advocacy.
  • Culture: We embody diversity, equity, and inclusion as we serve all in Rural Louisiana and leverage cultural assets as Healthcare Provider and community champions.
  • Action: We demonstrate our role as a rural health leader by serving with compassion, and embracing innovation in addressing the unique challenges of Rural Louisiana.


Denae Hebert, Executive Director 



133 Highway 402 / P.O. Box 387 

Napoleonville, LA 70390 


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