Annual Nebraska Rural Health Awards
Each year, the Nebraska Rural Health Association honors people who have contributed to rural healthcare through leadership at its annual conference. These awards recognize individuals and organizations who take on leadership roles in healthcare and their communities. Prior to each annual conference, the Nebraska Rural Health Association solicits nominations for three awards and your input is very valuable to us.
Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner Award
The Outstanding Rural Health Practitioner Award recognizes an individual who is a direct service provider and who provides direct patient care such as physicians, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and others. This individual must exhibit outstanding leadership in bringing and/or improving health services in rural Nebraska. Factors taken into consideration include providing outstanding care; collaboration and multi-disciplinary teamwork; involvement in the community; involvement in education; and lasting contribution to the rural health care system.
Outstanding Rural Health Achievement Award
The Outstanding Rural Health Achievement Award recognizes an individual in the health care industry for leadership and noteworthy initiative in promoting the development of community oriented rural health care delivery. Factors for selection should include: distinctive efforts to promote and/or improve rural healthcare and provide lasting contributions to health care. This award recognizes noteworthy initiatives in the development of community-oriented rural health care delivery.
Rural Health Distinctive Consumer Advocate Award
It is important to recognize that rural health care delivery systems will survive only with the involvement of rural consumers. The Rural Health Distinctive Consumer Advocate Award honors an individual consumer, who is not an employee in the healthcare or health insurance industry, for active participation within his or her community regarding rural health service delivery issues. For example, the award winner may have testified to the state or national legislature on rural consumers' health care needs or made lasting contributions to rural health care in their community, region, or state. The nominee should be current on rural consumer health care issues and must have shown leadership in community and education regarding health care changes, needs, or improvements.
Awards will be presented at the NeRHA Annual Conference in September of each year.