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By Jacquelynn A. Copenhaver
President, West Virginia Rural Health Association Board of Directors

As the West Virginia Rural Health Association continues to increase in membership, we feel we have a commitment to having our Board of Directors reflect the diversity of our membership and the rural citizens of our state.

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect for differences in race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, socio-economic status, educational background, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, and other ideologies.

We are committed to creating an atmosphere of acceptance and respect, understanding that no one group or individual is intrinsically superior to another.

Our strategic plan for the future includes the goal of making our Board of Directors more diverse, and we have already implemented some of the action steps to move us in the direction of diversity.

If this sounds like an organization that you want to be a part of, we have a role for you.

We embrace the understanding that diversity makes the West Virginia Rural Health Association more robust as an organization, and creates a more vibrant experience for all of us.

If this sounds like an organization that you want to be a part of, we have a role for you. If you’re not already a member, that’s the first step. You can become a member today for as little as $10.

And we are always looking for passionate and committed health professionals, students and community advocates to help us plan and host our annual conference, to do important health advocacy work, and to guide the organization as our board members of the future.

We want to hear from you. Reach out to us today, and be a part of the organization that empowers all West Virginians to advance their quality of life, their well-being and their access to excellence in rural health care.

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