Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center Expert Work Group
The purposes of the RHRPRC Expert Work Group (EWG) is to: 1) suggest policy-relevant national rural health and
health workforce issues that can guide the RHRPRC’s policy agenda; 2) assist the RHRPRC in employing appropriate
methodology, using national data sets, and enumerating the policy implications of study findings; 3) review RHRPRC
products; and 4) ensure that the ongoing work of the RHRPRC is practical and useful from the perspectives of policy
makers, healthcare providers, and rural stakeholders. The EWG members will be regularly updated on RHRPRC progress.
The members of the EWG are as follows:
- Jeri Bigbee, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, FAAN
Jeri has more than 30 years of experience as a nursing educator.
Her research and practice focuses on promoting the health of rural populations through interprofessional,
community-based interventions that feature nurses in leadership roles. Her policy work aims to maximize
the contributions of nurses and public-health professionals to improve health in our communities. Last year,
she explored international rural nursing issues as a Fulbright Specialist Scholar at the University of Lethbridge
in Canada. She is currently Assistant adjunct professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC-Davis.
- Randall Longenecker, MD, FAAFP
Randall is the Project Director, Rural Training Track (RTT) Technical Assistance Program. He is
a clinical professor of family medicine and assistant dean for rural medical education at The Ohio State
University College of Medicine. He has been a family physician in group practice in west central rural
Ohio since 1982, including obstetrical care. From 1998 to 2011 he was Program Director for the OSU Rural
Program, a rural training track residency in family medicine. Since September of 2010 he has been Project
Director for the Rural Training Track Technical Assistance Program, a national consortium of individuals
and organizations funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and committed to sustaining RTTs as
a strategy in rural medical education.
- Chris Tilden, MPP, PhD
Chris serves as the Executive Director of Mountain States Group in Boise, Idaho.
Mountain States Group works in a diverse array of disciplines including rural health, mental health, public
health, child and family health, aging, and refugee resettlement. Chris joined the Mountain States Group
after heading the Bureau of Local and Rural Health in the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for
10 years. Chris served on the Steering Committee for the Rural and Frontier EMS Agenda for the Future,
helped found the International Roundtable on Community Paramedicine, and sits on the federal Department
of Transportation’s National Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council.
- Lisa Davis, MHA
Lisa is the Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health where she is responsible
for the overall direction and leadership of the state's office of rural health. Lisa serves on a wide
range of national and state boards of directors, commissions, advisory councils, and committees that
address rural health policy, rural development, and special populations. For instance, she is the
recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural
Health. Lisa's other areas of interest focus on public health policy, women's health, and the un- and
- John Supplitt, PHA
John is senior director of the Section for Small or Rural Hospitals of the American
Hospital Association (AHA). He manages the Section’s member services, governance, and communications
including its website, newsletters and technical advisories. He is the AHA’s liaison for rural healthcare
strategy and public policy to the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the American Academy of
Family Physicians, Joint Commission, National Rural Health Association, and state hospital associations.
He has served on panels and advisory groups for development of national rural health policy, program
development and demonstrations, and grant review and evaluation.