National Rural Health Association

2016 Policy Institute

NRHA Leadership

2016 leadership elections

The nomination period is now open for NRHA's 2016 leadership elections until Sept. 17.

Each position may serve up to two consecutive two-year terms. The only exception is the president-elect who serves the current year in that role, the following year as president and his or her final year as past president.

Proposed 2015 NRHA bylaws will also be approved by a ballot item vote. 

Open positions

Click on the headings below to nominate individuals for the open positions listed:


  • President-elect 
  • Secretary

Constituency Group Chairs

  • Public Health
  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Research and Education
  • Statewide Health Resources
  • Students

Rural Health Congress

  • Hospitals and Health Systems (9 seats open)
  • Research and Education (1 seat open)
  • Rural Health Clinics (1 seat open)
  • Statewide Health Systems (3 seats open)
  • State Association Council (1 seat open)
  • Health Equity Council (1 seat open)

Nominee qualifications and responsibilities

NRHA bylaws require that any officer nominees must have been an association member for at least three years to be eligible for nomination. Additionally, president-elect nominees also must have served at least one year on either the Board of Trustees or the Rural Health Congress. Please note that all elected leaders are responsible for paying their own expenses to participate, including travel.

If you already hold a position, you may want to consider running for re-election to that position, or running for election to another position. Members are encouraged to nominate themselves and others within the parameters outlined in the association bylaws (most positions are limited to three two-year consecutive terms). You may also nominate a qualified member for election to a position or nominate a current leader for a new position. If you choose to nominate someone other than yourself, that individual must sign the consent to serve section (part 5) on the nomination form.

NRHA leadership structure and development path

The Board of Trustees is made up of officers, constituency group chairs, the chair of the State Association Council, the chair of the State Office Council and the chair of the Rural Health Congress. The officers are elected by the full membership. The chairs are elected by the membership of their respective groups. The Board of Trustees has responsibility for governance, development of policies and the financial well-being of the association.

The Rural Health Congress determines the association's positions regarding public policy. It is comprised of representatives elected from each constituency group – one for every 50 voting members – as well as the Board of Trustees, State Association Council representatives, State Office Council representatives, and the five most recent past presidents of the association (not including the current past president).

The present recommended leadership path to assist nominees in preparation for volunteer leadership is to serve in a committee volunteer position first, then serve as a Rural Health Congress constituency representative or a state representative on either the State Association Council or the State Office Council and, finally, serve as a member of the Board of Trustees (see the nominee qualifications and responsibilities).

This recommended path provides volunteer leaders with an appropriate base of knowledge about the workings of the association and relevant current policies and issues to serve in upper leadership positions. 

The National Rural Health Association is a member-driven organization, and its members are its greatest strength. The role of the Board of Trustees is to ensure the organization remains true to its mission of improving rural health care for 62 million rural Americans. NRHA would like to thank its Board of Trustees members for their willingness to share their time, expertise and passion for rural America.

Click on any of the following documents to learn more about leadership in NRHA:

NRHA's mission

NRHA board member job description

NRHA board responsibilities

NRHA bylaws (revised 2013)

NRHA bylaws (proposed 2015)

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