Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The SORH “family”. NOSORH does an excellent job in building a community among the SORHs. I feel very grateful to have developed deep professional and personal relationships with many SORH personnel across the nation over the last ten years.
What I’m working on right now: Launching the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Implementation funding. MCRH facilitated forming the Northern MI Opioid Response Consortium, covering 16 rural counties, under the RCORP-Planning funding and are now able to move the work forward with the implementation funding!
Best advice I ever received: “Good for her! Not for me.” Very helpful as a fairly new mom navigating everything you are “supposed” to be doing.
“Be part of the solution. Don’t sit around being negative and pointing out obstacles.”
“Surround yourself with good people.”
Oh, and “Enjoy the WOW that is happening now.” That last one is from my three year old’s favorite show, Daniel Tiger.
What I’m currently reading: I just finished “Love Thy Neighbor” and “In Shock” – Both excellent books focused on aspects of healthcare. I am excited to dive into “Save Me the Plums” which is Ruth Reichl’s (former food magazine editor) memoir.
3 great things about rural health in Michigan: 1) The MICAH QN. This impressive group of quality leaders take pride in improving not only their organization, but work together to lift all CAHs in Michigan. 2) The collaborative nature among organizations and stakeholders focused on improving the health of rural MI residents and teams. 3) My colleagues. The MCRH team is strong in their commitment to assisting rural communities on everything rural health. I’m so proud to work with each and every one of them.
Last place I traveled to: The beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. If you haven’t been, it is worth a trip. I was reminded how accessible it was to see truly beautiful scenery, and how much of it there is in Michigan!
Who inspires you? At this phase in life, I’m really inspired by strong women who are making it work (whatever that means for them). This includes the likes of women like RBG, but also the women in my life who are navigating their own journeys and figuring out what happiness means for them. There are quite a few NOSORH women on that list!
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: My SORH team! We are all very passionate about our work and collaborate frequently to design projects that will increase access to health care and improve the quality of life in rural Georgia.
What I’m working on right now: The two most time consuming projects I’m currently working on are the Mobile Healthcare Access and Integration Pilot Study and the Rural Hospital Stabilization Grant Program.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be…managing a wildlife rehab center!
Best advice I ever received: Life is all about routine maintenance. Learn to enjoy the maintenance…it will improve your outlook on everything!
What I’m currently reading: Sacred Duty by Tom Cotton
People would be surprised if they knew: I can’t whistle! I just simply cannot do it, no matter how hard I try!
Who inspires you? My father has been my greatest inspiration my entire life. He passed away last year, but continues to influence my decisions every day.
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: My favorite thing about working at a SORH is the statewide impact we can have and the many amazing people we get to work with throughout Utah.
What I’m working on right now: New interactive maps and public data sets to add to the Data Portal on our new website, as well as SHIP consortium projects, a strategic plan document and balanced scorecard measures, hiring new staff and putting on our 8th annual Rural Hospital Administrators Summit.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be…kayaking with my wife and kids or out doing landscape photography.
3 great things about rural health in my state: (1) Amazing people who care deeply about the work that they do (2) No hospital closures and few hospitals in financial distress (3) The Rural 9 network of independent rural hospitals that is having great success!
What I’m currently reading: Good to Great by Jim Collins
Last place I traveled to: Lake Powell, Utah
Favorite quote: “There are two primary choices in life; to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The people I get to work with every day.
What I’m working on right now: We are currently working on regionalizing our hospitals and restructuring TX SORH to leverage those regions/networks to implement our projects/technical assistance/outreach.
Best advice I ever received: You don’t have to know everything.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be…remodeling/flipping houses.
3 great things about rural health in my state: The people, the places, and the fact we are Texas! Yeehaw!
What I’m currently reading: I was going to read Teryl’s autobiography, but Graham gave me the CliffsNotes.
Last place I traveled to: Costa Rica
Who inspires you? People who are caring and understanding.
What’s your secret talent? According to a quiz I just took online, my secret talent is dancing. “Inaccurate” does not even begin to describe the results of that quiz.
People would be surprised if they knew: According to 23andMe, I have more Neanderthal DNA than 99% of their customers (maybe this won’t be a surprise to some).
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: Meeting so many people dedicated to improving the lives of others (especially those in rural communities).
What I’m working on right now: Coordinating PORH’s annual Community and Public Health conference and planning a new conference as part of a new initiative focused on addressing human trafficking.
Best advice I ever received: Change is hard…not changing is harder.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be…lost in the world.
Last place I traveled to: Nags Head, NC
Who inspires you? My husband and my two sons.
What I’m currently reading: “Educated” by Tara Westover
What’s your secret talent? Killings spiders on behalf of my husband.
Favorite quote: “Don’t be afraid to see what you see.” – Ronald Reagan
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: I love being able to interact with the people who live in rural communities and increase my understanding of the challenges they face.
Best advice I ever received: From the associate dean at my MPH graduation, “Get your foot in the door.”
If I weren’t doing this, I would be…sledding with my daughter, traveling the world, or reading a cheesy romance novel.
Who inspires you? My mom.
What I’m currently reading: I just finished “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”.
What’s your secret talent? Tap dancing.
Favorite quote: “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
What I’m working on right now: The South Dakota Office of Rural Health is currently working on Auto HPSA Impact Analysis, Flex grant docs, 340B contract amendments, reviewing J-1 applications, and conducting community assessments.
Best advice I ever received: Control the things I could and deal with those I couldn’t.
Last place I traveled to: I traveled to Utah for the Regional SORH Meeting. I extended my stay to hike and explore Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon, The Wave, and Grand Staircase-Escalante. In February, my husband and I plan to spend 12 days in New Zealand!
Who inspires you? My mom teaches me many lessons with the way she lives her life. She has shown me what it means to be a strong woman and the importance of setting goals and achieving them.
What I’m currently reading: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Favorite quote: Always make your past self jealous!
What I’m currently reading: “Between The World And Me” by T a-Nehisi Coats.
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The amazing colleagues and partners
What I’m working on right now: Working on completing the New Mexico health plan
Best advice I ever received: To live each day to the fullest and to spread joy and happiness.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be… A chef in my own restaurant.
3 great things about rural health in New Mexico: Amazing healthcare providers, dedicated leadership and staff.
Last place I traveled to: Philadelphia
People would be surprised if they knew: I was a roadie for concerts in the 90’s
Who inspires you? My mother
My Top 3 Goals for 2018:
Get a knee replacement
Continue to work in the Office of Rural Health
Increase the number of healthcare providers in rural New Mexico
What I’m currently reading: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
Last place I traveled to: Oregon! I was there from June 24 through July 5, and we did a road trip that showed us many beautiful places in Oregon. And this time I didn’t make my husband take side trips to look at little hospitals and clinics 🙂
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The passion and dedication of our internal partners and our external stakeholders, and the ability of the communities to use their own strengths.
Who inspires you: My national colleagues. I always feel recommitted to the work after seeing them at conferences.
People would be surprised if they knew: I get really nervous before doing a speech.
If I weren’t doing this, I would…Post retirement I want to volunteer at national parks and wander the trails answering questions.
Favorite quote: “It’s a lucky man or woman gets up in the morning, puts both feet on the floor, knows what they’re about to do, and thinks it still matters.” – Joe Biden