Rural Health Congress
The Rural Health Congress is the policy-making body of the National Rural Health Association. It is made up of elected representatives from each of the association's nine constituency groups, State Association Council, State Office Council, issue groups and officers. This gives the board grassroots representation that reflects the concerns of NRHA's membership. The Rural Health Congress determines the association's positions on public policy through a series of policy briefs and issue papers.
Please contact Erin Mahn in NRHA's Government Affairs office at 202-639-0550 with any questions.
Rural Health Congress Chair:
Vice Chair:Gail Nickerson
Clinical Services CG Chair:
Roger D. Wells
Public Health Status CG Chair:Alana Knudson
Federally Qualified Health Centers CG Chair:Tim Shryack
Frontier CG Chair:Patrick Joseph Branco
Hospital and Community Health Systems CG Chair:
St. Paul, Neb.
Research and Education CG Chair:John A. Gale
David A. Gross
Rural Health Clinics CG Chair:
Statewide Health Resources CG Chair:Patricia A. Crawford
Sandra Y. Pope
State Association Council Chair's Designee:Beth O'Connor
State Office Council Chair:
John E. Barnas
State Office Council Vice Chair:
Past Presidents Council:
Multiracial & Multicultural Council Chair:
Student CG Chair:
The National Rural Health Association is a member-driven association, meaning our members set the policies and positions we advocate for at a national level. All members of the association are able to participate, and we offer this page to help our members get involved in the process. Below is a chart of policies under developement with opportunities to collaborate, add additional policies or edit as you see fit.
Each of these policies will eventually be reviewed by NRHA's Rural Health Congress at one of its three annual meetings. If the congress adopts a policy, it will be published on our Official Policy Positions page and become an official policy of NRHA. For more information about this process or to better understand how to develop a policy, download our guide to developing policy within NRHA.