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September 4, 2008
Rural Health Associations Awards

Rep. Earl Sears
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 Conference.
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 Year.”
“This year’s 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 Oklahoma’s 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, David McClain.
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 year’s 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
The Rural Health Association of Oklahoma’s 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./NwAHEC’s mission is “to promote the health of Oklahomans living in rural and underserved areas through education and community development services.

August 29, 2008
Contact: Allison Seigars
Association Manager
Phone (580)213-3166
Fax 580/213-3167
Rural Health Association of Oklahoma
2929 E. Randolph, Room 130
Enid, OK 73701
Rep. Earl Sears