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 2021 Rural Health Awards will be presented on
Monday, December 6th during the opening ceremony of the Virtual Rural
nominating your favorite rural health individual, program or organization
so that they may be honored for their contributions to rural health!
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, which is
part of 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; however, 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 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
. All submissions must be received on or before October
Awards Presentation and Recognition
The 2021 Awards presentation will be held during the 2021
Virtual Rural Health Workshop. Awardees will be featured in a video
presentation. Awardees will receive a plaque or award appropriate for
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.
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.
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. dentistry, optometry, nursing, etc.). Factors taken into
consideration include providing outstanding care, involvement in the
community, and lasting contributions to the health care system.
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, as well as their