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.