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Do you know someone that deserves recognition for their outstanding effort to improve rural health in West Virginia?

The West Virginia Rural Health Association (WVRHA) celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health each year.

Among the honors, the WVRHA will be awarding $1,000 to one outstanding rural health student in West Virginia.

Recipients are chosen through a nomination process and will be awarded at the West Virginia Rural Health Conference Annual Awards Luncheon on October 12 at Canaan Valley Resort.

These awards are granted to individuals or organizations deserving of recognition for their rural health efforts in West Virginia. In addition, the awards may be granted to an individual in a non-health related position, who has carried out exemplary work in promoting health in rural areas; i.e., a physical education teacher who has adopted a unique approach to addressing physical inactivity within their classroom; a minister or faith-based person leading a healthy lifestyle program with a rural congregation; or a private entrepreneur who developed a unique software/app to impact healthy behaviors.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 28. Click here for the nomination form. 


WV Rural Health Association Award for Excellence in Rural Health

This award is given to an individual or organization in recognition of exceptionally meritorious contributions to the improvement of health to the people in rural West Virginia. It honors creative work of particular effectiveness in applying knowledge or innovative organizational work to the betterment of community health. Individuals/organizations nominated for the award will have made significant and well recognized contributions to the improvement of rural health in West Virginia.


Outstanding Rural Health Provider of the Year

This award recognizes a direct service provider who has exhibited outstanding leadership in the improvement of health care services to the rural areas of West Virginia. The nominees can include, but are not limited to, physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurse midwives.


Outstanding Rural Health Student of the Year

This award recognizes extraordinary student initiated and performed activity demonstrated within the field of rural health. The nominee will have significant accomplishments in rural health. Efforts may include clinical, infrastructure development, research, promotional or volunteer activities. The WV Rural Health Association will provide a $1,000 cash award to the outstanding rural health student of the year.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 28. Click here for the nomination form.