Member Spotlight

August 2019

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Crystal Barter
Michigan Center for Rural Health
Director of Performance Improvement
NOSORH Member Since 2009

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!

July 2019

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Nita Ham
Georgia State Office of Rural Health
Director, SORH Program
NOSORH Member Since 2014

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.

June 2019

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Matt McCullough
Director
Utah State Office of Rural Health
NOSORH Member since 2016

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.”

April 2019

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Trenton Engledow
Texas State Office of Rural Health
Director
NOSORH Member Since 2016

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).

March 2019

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Terri Klinefelter
Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health
Outreach Coordinator
NOSORH Member Since 2003

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

February 2019

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Holli Childs
Utah Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
Senior Research Analyst
NOSORH Member Since 2017

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.

January 2019

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Katie Reuman
Rural Health Specialist
South Dakota Office of Rural Health
NOSORH Member Since 2016

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!

September 2018

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Timothy Lopez
Director
New Mexico Office of Rural Health

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

July 2018

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Alisa Druzba
Director
New Hampshire Rural Health and Primary Care

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

June 2018

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Graham Adams
Chief Executive Director
South Carolina Office of Rural Health

What I’m currently reading: The Unauthorized Biography of Teryl Eisinger: A Previously Untold Tell All
Favorite thing about working at a SORH: The ability/flexibility to tailor programs to the needs of rural communities. I like being an advocate for the underdog.
What I’m working on right now: Creating a broader vision of rural in South Carolina. Rural advocates have historically stayed pretty much in their own lane (health care, housing, education, etc). Helping people to connect the dots and appreciate the interconnectedness is a challenge, but worth doing.
Best advice I ever received: Hire good people and let them do their work.
If I weren’t doing this, I would be…messing with vintage sports cars and trucks, mostly European but anything unusual.
People would be surprised if they knew: I played drums when I was young.
Who inspires you? Not really “who”, but rather “what”. I think seeing the goodness in people inspires us all to do better.
What’s your secret talent? Awesomeness… and humility.
My Top 3 Goals for 2018: Just do the best you can everyday.