Director, Rural Programs
Nevada Office of Rural Health
Keith recently joined the NOSORH Board as a first-time Workforce Liaison. He is also our “Chief Photographer” for the group photo at the Annual Meeting each year. You can look for him photo shopped into last year’s group photo. Keith has an extensive background in photography, but lucky for us, he has a strong connection to his rural health colleagues.
How did you get to where you are now?
I have been with the University of Nevada School of Medicine for about 10 years, serving in many roles, including AHEC Director. I am also currently serving as the President of the Board of Directors for 3RNet.
What is 3RNet working on these days?
If you haven’t seen 3RNet lately, you haven’t seen 3RNet! We are looking at new and innovative ways to attract healthcare providers to rural areas, offer value-added benefits, and be an education source to members.
What is the most important thing you are working on right now?
We have the opportunity to really make a difference in people’s lives. If you can bring one provider to one community, you have changed people’s lives. I live in a rural area of Nevada, so I know firsthand how long it takes (500 miles roundtrip!) to get some of the healthcare my kids need. You can’t deliver a baby in my town.
I’ve been working under the leadership of Gerald Ackerman to expand rural residencies in the state. We have developed one of the first rural residency programs based out of CAHs. We need to increase and duplicate this where we can. We found that if we educate someone in the state and they do residency training here, we keep 80% of them in the state. We need to find places for them!