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Outstanding Rural Health Awards

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 12:00pm

Please consider making your nominations early for the 2019 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health.

Seven awardees will be honored at the 2019 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health. The health professional awards are Outstanding Rural Health Provider, Outstanding Rural Health Professional, Outstanding Rural Health Program, Outstanding Rural Educator/Mentor, Outstanding Rural Health Volunteer Award, Emerging Rural Leader, and Legislator of the Year. The purpose of this memo is to encourage you to “toot your own horn” and nominate those who you work with, whom you believe deserving of this statewide recognition.

Rural Health Awards

If you have nominated an individual or a program in a prior year, and that individual or program did not receive an award, please consider doing so again. Each year many worthy nominations are made but only one award per category can be distributed. It seems a shame that some very worthy nominees are only nominated once. The Nomination Committee strongly encourages re-submissions. Persistence can yield dividends.

Individuals, who nominate a selected awardee will be responsible for coordinating a very brief video that demonstrates why the awardee is deserving of the award and gives them the opportunity to make an acceptance speech. The video also gives the awardee an opportunity to speak to their work; and thank and acknowledge colleagues, family, etc. Video footage, recorded locally, will be sent to the Center for Rural Health (CRH) and staff will edit to create a 3-5 minute video that will be shown at the awards banquet. Please don’t let this deter you from making a nomination - CRH staff will work with you to provide assistance and ideas, as needed, on how to best capture the video footage.