Thank you for taking time to make an award nomination. Please note you will need to complete one "survey" form for each nomination. NOSORH staff are not eligible for award nominations. All nominations are due by 5 PM (EDT) October 1, 2013.
NOSORH Award of Merit

This award is to be presented to a State Office of Rural Health that has made a significant contribution in the field of rural health. The committee will consider important benefits to rural health, innovative programs, unusual contributions, or activities that have advanced State Offices of Rural Health.

NOSORH Distinguished Service Award

This award is bestowed on an individual who has made a significant contribution to NOSORH, is a member of the organization, and is actively involved in a State Office of Rural Health.

NOSORH Legislator of the Year Award

This award recognizes an outstanding federal legislator for her/his work and support of rural health initiatives that address national rural health care 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 rural health outcomes;
• Demonstrated leadership that benefits rural communities in America.

NOSORH Recognition Award

This award recognizes an individual or group who has been helpful, supportive or collaborative in achieving the mission of State Offices of Rural Health. The awards committee should solicit nominations for the award from NOSORH membership, the National Rural Health Association, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, and/or other national organizations.

The Distinguished Andrew W. Nichols Award

Andrew W. Nichols, MD, MPH, was the ideal embodiment of the citizen legislator, combining his medical and public health knowledge with political savvy and persistence to better the State of Arizona and its citizens. Dr. Nichols spent his life working for justice in health care. He generated numerous programs that provide access to high quality health care for all, particularly in rural and border communities.
Dr. Nichols was the Director of the Arizona Office of Rural Health for over 20 years before his unexpected death.

This award recognizes an individual who is a member of the organization, the National Rural Health Association, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, and/or another national organization, and who exemplifies Dr. Nichols’ contributions to rural or border health and his deep commitment to challenge and strategize and position rural issues to ensure social justice in health care.

The James D. Bernstein Mentoring Award

Jim Bernstein devoted his life to improving the health and well-being of individuals living in rural communities. Throughout his distinguished 35-year career, Jim worked tirelessly to ensure that small towns and other rural areas in his home state of North Carolina had access to the healthcare services they needed and deserved. It was also under his direction that North Carolina became the first state to create its own office of rural health.

Jim’s life of service had a profound impact well beyond North Carolina. In addition to serving as president of the National Rural Health Association and creating a state office of rural health that served as a model for others, Jim spent countless hours mentoring emerging leaders within the national rural health movement. He inspired and advised hundreds of people, thus helping to develop current and future generations of leaders.

Therefore, this award honors an experienced, long-time rural health leader who is a member of the organization, is actively involved in a state office of rural health and has gone “above and beyond the call of duty” to mentor other emerging rural health leaders. Because of his or her sincere interest in the emerging leader’s professional growth, the award recipient will have played a key role in developing the future leaders within the national rural health movement.

Emerging Leader Award

This award is presented to an individual SORH staff member who has demonstrated new leadership, initiative, involvement and commitment to the mission of NOSORH or State Offices of Rural Health. This individual may be a new staff member or an existing staff member who has newly demonstrated exemplary communication, passion, or understanding of an issue to enhance education, advocacy or partnerships to improve rural health.
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