Annual Pennsylvania Rural Health Awards

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is pleased to announce the invitation of nominations for the 2016 Rural Health Awards!

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Each year, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) presents awards to individuals and organizations in the state that have made substantial contributions to rural health in Pennsylvania. The 2016 Rural Health Awards will be presented in the honoree's community during the week of National Rural Health Day, November 14, 2016.  PORH will begin accepting award nominations on June 27, 2016.  The deadline for submissions is September 9, 2016.                

Nominations for the following categories will be accepted: 

For more information, contact PORH Outreach Coordinator Terri Klinefelter at 814-863-8214 or tjc136@psu.edu.

Nomination Categories:

Rural Health Leader of the Year

This award recognizes an outstanding leader who has organized, led, developed or expanded an exemplary multidimensional state rural health program or initiative that benefits rural Pennsylvanians. Criteria used to select this award recipient include:

  • Demonstrates/provides leadership to a state health program or initiative that benefits rural Pennsylvanians.
  • Uses comprehensive, unique approaches to address a specific health issue in the Commonwealth.
  • Works with other relevant state/community organizations and/or uses relevant resources to develop or expand a program that addresses health issues affecting rural Pennsylvanians.

Community Rural Health Leader of the Year

This award recognizes an outstanding leader who has organized, led, developed or expanded an exemplary multidimensional rural community health program or initiative. Criteria used to select this award recipient include:

  • Demonstrates/provides leadership to the rural community health program.
  • Uses comprehensive, unique approaches to address a specific health issue.
  • Works with other relevant community organizations and/or use relevant resources to develop or expand a program that addresses health issue affecting rural Pennsylvanians.

Rural Health Program of the Year

This award recognizes an exemplary health program that addresses an identified need in a rural community. Criteria used to select this award recipient include:

  • Demonstrates unique, creative and innovative approaches.
  • Ensures access to the community/intended population (with no physical, economic or social barriers). Includes community resources as part of the planning and evaluation process.
  • Demonstrates a significant benefit to the target population as measured by evaluation.

Legislator of the Year

This award recognizes an outstanding Pennsylvania legislator for his/her work and support of rural health initiatives that address an identified need in his/her district. Criteria used to select this award recipient includes:

  • Introduces or supports an existing piece of legislation that addresses an identified rural health need or issue.
  • Demonstrates leadership in the rural community.
  • Incorporates community input into the planning process.

Rural Health Hero of the Year

This award recognizes an outstanding leader in the area of rural health. Criteria used to select this award recipient includes:

  • Demonstrates a personal and professional commitment to the rural health needs of his/her community and/or service area.
  • Works with relevant state/community organizations and/or uses relevant resources to develop or expand a program that addresses a Pennsylvania rural health issue (or issues).
  • Goes above and beyond the call of duty.