Gloria Vermie, director of the Iowa State Office of Rural Health, received the Distinguished Andrew W. Nichols Award. The Distinguished Andrew W. Nichols Award is given each year to an individual who has made a significant contribution to NOSORH, is a member of the organization, and is actively involved in a State Office of Rural Health. Vermie has exemplified dedication, caring, commitment, hard work, extensive knowledge, creativity, innovation, political savvy, and effective program development over the many years of her career in rural health.
Ernie Scott, director of the Kentucky Office of Rural Health, received the Emerging Leader Award. The Emerging Leader Award is given each year to a State Office of Rural Health staff member who has demonstrated new leadership, initiative, involvement and commitment to the mission of NOSORH or State Offices of Rural Health. Scott has shown exemplary leadership ability at the local, state, and national level by expanding the impact of the SORH across the state.
Cathleen McElligott, director of the Massachusetts Office of Rural Health, was given the Recognition Award. Recognition Award is presented each year to an individual who has been supportive of State Offices of Rural Health at the state, regional and national level, and has assisted them in their efforts to improve the health status of rural Americans. McElligott has been a strong proponent for issues affecting access to care for all rural Americans—not just those within the borders of her state.
Lisa Davis, director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, was awarded the James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award. The James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award is given each year to honor an experienced, long-time rural health leader who is a member NOSORH. Davis was lauded for going “above and beyond the call of duty” to mentor and help develop other emerging rural health leaders.
The California State Office of Rural Health received the Award of Merit. The award of Merit is presented to a State Office of Rural Health that has made a significant contribution in the field of rural health. The California State Office was commended for its work in forging collaborations with other state offices and providing needed education across state lines.
Scott Ekblad, director of the Oregon State Office of Rural Health, was given the Distinguished Service Award. The Distinguished Service Award is given to a NOSORH member who has made an outstanding contribution to the organization and is actively involved in a State Office of Rural Health. Ekblad has taken on many leadership roles and put in many hours of hard and thoughtful work on behalf of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, 3RNET, and other related state and national organizations.
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