We Are Seeking West Virginia’s Rural Health Champions!

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Nominations will soon close for the West Virginia Rural Health Awards, which recognize and celebrate students, health professionals and community advocates working hard to improve health care for West Virginians in rural communities.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, Sept. 3!

Here’s where you go for more info, and to submit a nomination: wvrha.org/west-virginia-rural-health-awards-2/

The award for Outstanding Rural Health Student recognizes a student from a school in West Virginia that has shown a commitment to providing health care in rural communities in this state, and includes $1,000 cash award.

Other awards include Outstanding Rural Health Provider, Excellence in Rural Health (Individual), and Excellence in Rural Health (Organization or Program).

The awards are hosted by the West Virginia Rural Health Association (WVRHA), and will be presented at its annual West Virginia Rural Health Conference at Pipestem Resort State Park, Oct. 17 – 19.

WVRHA Executive Director, Debrin Jenkins, said this week that with the state suffering from unprecedented health crisis, it was critically important to celebrate and uplift the tough work being done by people to tackle those challenges.

“These are the people on the front lines,” she says. “Rural communities, particularly in West Virginia, are under-funded and under-resourced, and they are where the toughest battles are being fought. It’s hard work, often thankless work, and there are people in these communities showing incredible commitment and strength to help their fellow West Virginians. We want to celebrate these people.”

Do you know someone working on the front lines of rural health care in West Virginia? Show them you appreciate them by nominating them today!

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Up to 20 rural public and nonprofit entities forming a consortium of three or more organizations will be awarded total funding of $2 million to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network at the local level.  By emphasizing the role of networks, the program creates a platform for medical care providers, social service providers, and community organizations to coalesce key elements of a rural health care delivery system for the purpose of improving local capacity and coordination of care.  Previous Network Planning grantees have focused on behavioral health, care coordination, infrastructure, health information technology, and health education.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sara Afayee: SAfayee@hrsa.gov.

Apply Before February 23, 2018

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Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative (ECI)

Award: Awards between $300,000 and $350,000 per year for up to three years.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants that can apply for this funding opportunity are listed below:

  • State, county, city, township and special district governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Private, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments and organizations including Tribal Epidemiology Centers
  • Public Housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Nonprofits with or without a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS
  • For profit organizations, including small business

Deadline: Applications are due August 1, 2017

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West Virginia Rural Health Association Awards – NOMINATION FORM

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.

Nominations are accepted in 3 categories:

  • WV Rural Health Association Award for Excellence in Rural Health
  • Outstanding Rural Health Provider of the Year
  • Outstanding Rural Health Student of the Year

For more information about the awards, visit wvrha.org/west-virginia-rural-health-awards/

When you’re ready, submit your worthy nominee below! And good luck!

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