To accommodate our diverse membership, NRHA asks its members to affiliate with its constituency groups. NRHA's broad membership represents people from a variety of professions and interests, including doctors, nurses, administrators, clinicians, non-physician providers, academicians, researchers, mental health care providers, hospitals, students and many other subgroups. All of these individuals and organizations bring their own interests and agendas to our common goal of ensuring affordable and accessible quality health care for rural populations. Learn more in this Q&A from one of NRHA’s constituency group chairs.
Through its constituency groups, NRHA is structured to represent these individual concerns as well as the more encompassing interests of the entire membership. Each group elects a chair to serve on NRHA's Board of Trustees and Rural Health Policy Board. In addition, constituency groups are allowed one representative on the Rural Health Policy Board for each 50 affiliated votes, with the chair representing the first 100 votes.
Individual members of NRHA have one vote, while organizational and supporting members have two, which can be split between more than one constituency group. Individuals can affiliate with more than one constituency group but can vote in only one. The individual interests and agendas are then given a voice in the leadership of NRHA, helping to determine its policies and direction.
There are currently ten recognized constituency groups within NRHA, and several more are in formation. Click on any of the constituency groups listed below to find out more. To join a constituency group, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to enter your preferred CG directly into your profile.
- Clinical Services
- Federally Qualified Health Centers
- Hospitals and Health Systems
- Public Health
- Research and Education
- Rural Health Clinics
- Statewide Health Resources
Roger D. Wells
NRHA members working or interested in rural federally qualified health centers (FQHC) are served by this group. Members in this CG focus on interests and issues regarding policy, regulation and collaboration with other health care organizations of concern to FQHCs.
Patrick Joseph Branco
The health care interests and issues of NRHA members working or living in sparsely-populated areas are served by this group. Members come from all areas-hospitals, medical practices, public health nurses, emergency medical technicians, state health organizations, research and more.
Hospitals and Health Systems CG
This group represents members interested in public health, defined by the Institute of Medicine as "organized community efforts aimed at the prevention of disease and promotion of health." Public Health is often described as three core functions: assessing the health needs of a population, developing policies to meet these needs, and assuring that services are always available and organized to meet challenges at the individual and community levels.
Research and Education CG
NRHA's Rural Health Clinics Constituency Group is comprised of health care professionals and others who are interested in encouraging the delivery of quality primary care services in rural areas and in the development, organization, operations, regulation, reimbursement, support and success of federally designated Rural Health Clinics. These clinics are designed to provide primary health care services in medically underserved areas or health professional shortage areas.
This constituency strives to:
The Rural Health Clinics Constituency Group will achieve these goals through:
The constituency group is designed to be member-driven to directly address members' needs and the issues important to them by encouraging maximum member involvement.
The Statewide Health Resources Constituency Group is comprised of NRHA members interested in building or strengthening statewide rural health care to improve workforce, access and resources. Its membership is a diverse group who strives to develop collaboration and communication to foster statewide partnerships.
This group is comprised of student members, whose input is very important to NRHA since they are the future workforce and leaders in rural America. As a member of the Student CG, students can come together with their peers, educators, administrators, health professionals and other stakeholders to dialogue about rural health and its related issues such as workforce and policy.
Forming constituency groups
In order to become a recognized constituency group within NRHA, a group of members with a specific interest must gather 75 signatures of members willing to affiliate with that constituency. The group can then petition the Board of Trustees for provisional status. When provisional status is granted, the constituency then has one year in which to increase its membership to 100 to gain full recognition as a constituency group.
In addition to the constituency groups already within NRHA, members are considering forming several others. For information on these forming constituencies, contact NRHA at 4501 College Boulevard #225, Leawood, KS 66211; (816) 756-3140; E-mail:email@example.com.