The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) is a 21-member citizens’ panel of nationally recognized rural health experts that provides recommendations on rural issues to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The members represent expertise in the delivery, financing, research, development, and administration of health and human services in rural areas. Several members are involved in training rural health professionals. Others are representatives of state government, provider associations and other rural interest groups. Each year, the Committee selects one or more topics upon which to focus during the year.
Karen Madden (NY) is the voice for SORH on NACRHHS and recently met with the panel from September 9 – 11 in Mahnomen, MN. She shared that the Committee discussed two topics: child poverty and delivery system reform. The Committee split into three subcommittees and conducted three site visits to the Lake Region Healthcare Cancer Care & Research Center, the Sanford Health Detroit Lakes Clinic and the White Earth Tribal Center. The Committee will be issuing recommendations on the two topics soon.
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