West Virginia Rural Health Awards

The West Virginia Rural Health Association celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and organizations in the field of rural health, through the presentation of the West Virginia Rural Health Awards each year.

Recipients are chosen through a nomination process, and the winners are announced on Oct. 12 during the annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference at Canaan Valley Resort, Davis.

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.

To nominate a person or organization for a West Virginia Rural Health Award,
fill out this nomination form.

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Nominations are accepted in 3 categories:

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 West Virginia Rural Health Association will provide a $1,000 cash award to the outstanding rural health student of the year.

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To nominate a person or organization for a West Virginia Rural Health Award,
fill out this nomination form.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, August 28, 2017.