Health Associations Awards
Among Seven To Be Honored Sept. 5th
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For Immediate Release
RHAO Announces Award Winners for 2008
The Rural Health Association
of Oklahoma (RHAO) will honor seven Oklahomans, including four state legislators,
for their dedication to rural health on Friday, September 5 at the RHAO Annual
The recipients for the 2008 awards for Legislative Excellence in
Rural Health are: Representative Paul Roan; Representative Earl
Sears; Senator Don Barrington, and Senator Earl Garrison.
Other RHAO award recipients are: Joan Walters, Administrator of Prague Hospital,
Rural Administrator of the Year; Dr. Michael Cooper, physician
at Community Health Services in Tipton, Rural Practitioner of the Year,
and Physician Manpower Training Commission, Rural Organization of the
This years group of award winners exemplifies a commitment to
rural health, said Andy Fosmire, Managing Director of the Rural Health
Association of Oklahoma. Individuals like these make me optimistic for
the future of rural Oklahoma.
The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Friday, September 5. The luncheon
and awards presentation are part of the Rural Health Association of Oklahomas
Annual Conference. The conference will cover a variety of rural health topics
and issues, including a keynote address from Dr. Paul Moore, President of
the National Rural Health Association and Oklahoma pharmacist, and breakout
session tracts for administrative issues, rural mental health workers and
rural public health workers. The 17th Annual Rural Health Association Conference
will be held at the Reed Center in Midwest City. This year, the conference
will be preceded by a fundraising golf tournament at Coffee Creek Golf Club
in Edmond, as well as a pre-conference session, at the Reed Center, on recruiting
practitioners to rural areas on Wednesday, September 3.
We are so proud of our award winners. Their long history with rural
health issues sets the bar for others to follow, said RHAO President,
The RHAO Annual Conference & Golf Tournament will bring together approximately
130 health professionals, advocates, administrators and vendors to receive
updates on current issues in rural health in Oklahoma. The theme of this years
conference is Improving Health for Rural Oklahomans.
If you or someone you know is interested in attending, sponsoring or exhibiting
at the 2008 RHAO Annual Conference & Golf Tournament, please contact Allison
Seigars at (580) 213-3166 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rural Health Association of Oklahomas mission is serving as
a united voice for Oklahomans in the promotion of rural health issues, through
advocacy, education and leadership.
RHAO is managed locally by Rural Health Projects, Inc./Northwest Area Health
Education Center (NwAHEC), a 501(c)(3) in Enid. Rural Health Projects, Inc./NwAHECs
mission is to promote the health of Oklahomans living in rural and underserved
areas through education and community development services.
Contact: Allison Seigars
Rural Health Association of Oklahoma
2929 E. Randolph, Room 130
Enid, OK 73701