Arizona Rural Health Association hosted the Rural Health Awards ceremony at the
Arizona Rural Health Conference in Flagstaff, AZ on July 26th, 2016.
The award winners were:
The Distinguished Martha Ortiz Volunteer Award honors an individual who has contributed extensive time, dedication, and commitment to supporting a rural health program or project that is making an identifiable difference in the health care provided to people in Arizona's rural and/or medically underserved communities. This award also considers an individual who has been a strong advocate in influencing and shaping policies and programs that impact the provision of health care to residents of rural and/or medically underserved communities in Arizona.
The Exceptional Rural Health Professional Award recognizes an individual for leadership in bringing health services to rural populations. The Professional Award is meant to be inclusive of all health disciplines (e.g., dentistry, optometry, nursing, behavioral health, public health, administrator, etc.). Factors taken into consideration include providing or promoting outstanding care, involvement in the community, and lasting contributions to the health care system. This award acknowledges significant contribution to rural health through distinguished personal leadership.
Regional Center for Border Health's Paramedicine Program:
The Inspiring Rural Health Program Award recognizes a program within a community, at the local or state level, that involves one or more health professionals or entities, and promotes or facilitates the development of rural health delivery systems. Factors considered include coordination of services, networking and collaboration, innovation in development and implementation, and lasting impact of the program. This award honors excellence in the provision of health services to rural and/or other medically underserved people.