Annual Nebraska Rural Health Awards
Each year, the Nebraska Rural Health Association honors people who have contributed to rural health care through leadership at its annual conference. These awards recognize individuals and organizations who take on leadership roles in health care 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 health care 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 health care 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.
Rural Health Emerging Leader Award
The Rural Health Emerging Leader Award recognizes an individual who has made meaningful contributions to their organization or the health of their community early in their career. The awardee can be a professional with less than five years’ experience in a health-related profession or a high school or college student. The award is meant to recognize up-and-coming leaders for their dedication to rural health and demonstrated potential for leadership and continued service.
NRHA Awards Event Celebrating Excellence in Rural Health
Each year NRHA 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.
Selections are made 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 NRHA through membership. Each year, NRHA hosts a luncheon in honor of the Rural Health Award winners, at which time the awardees are presented with a commemorative gift before approximately 1,000 rural health peers.