Thank you for taking the time to nominate a deserving individual/organization for a NOSORH Award!

Selections will be made by the NOSORH Awards Committee solely on the basis of the narrative submitted in the nomination form. Self-nominations will not be considered. NOSORH staff are not eligible for award nominations. There are no limits to the number of nominations submitted.

All nominations are due by August 7, 2020 at 5:00 pm EDT



SORH Award of Excellence
This award is presented to a State Office of Rural Health that has made outstanding contributions in the field of rural health, including broad benefits to rural health, innovative programs and activities that have advanced State Offices of Rural Health.

James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award
This award honors an experienced rural health individual leader in a State Office of Rural Health who has a sincere interest in emerging leaders’ professional growth and has played a key role in developing future leaders within the national rural health movement.

Emerging Leader Award
This award is presented to an individual State Office of Rural Health staff member, new or existing, who has demonstrated new leadership, initiative, involvement or commitment to the mission of NOSORH or State Offices of Rural Health. This individual will have shown exemplary communication, passion, or understanding of an issue to enhance education, advocacy or partnerships to improve rural health.


The Andrew W. Nichols Rural Health Advocate Award
This award recognizes an individual or organization who has made significant contributions to rural, frontier, or border health, demonstrating deep commitment to health equity and improving the health of underserved populations.

NOSORH Legislator of the Year Award
This award recognizes an outstanding individual federal legislator for her/his work and support of rural health initiatives that address national rural healthcare needs. Individuals who meet the following criteria should be considered: introduced or supported an existing piece of significant legislation that addresses an identified rural health need or issue; made a special effort to effect change in rural health policy and/or legislation that benefits SORH, rural health outcomes; OR demonstrated leadership that benefits rural communities.

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* 1. Please select the award category for your nomination:

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* 2. NOSORH Award Nominee Information:

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* 3. Using the space below, please provide a summary supporting your nomination. This information may also be used in presentation of an award, if the nominee is selected. Space is limited to approximately 450 words.