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NRHA announces leadership elections results

Leadership for the National Rural Health Association is secure for 2021 and beyond, thanks to recent Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress elections.

The Rural Health Congress is NRHA’s policy-making body. Elected representatives from the association's constituency groups, State Association Council, State Office Council, issue groups, and officers serve on the Congress, giving broad grassroots representation that reflects the expertise and passion of NRHA's membership.

NRHA members chose Beth O’Connor as president-elect. O’Connor, a longtime NRHA member who has served as executive director of the Virginia Rural Health Association since 2005, will assume the duties of NRHA president in 2022. A dedicated advocate, she is a past chair of NRHA’s Government Affairs Committee and has served on the association’s Board of Directors.

“I am honored to be part of NRHA leadership during these turbulent times,” O’Connor says. “I hope we can build stronger rural communities together.”

Members elected Tim Wolters to his second term as NRHA’s board treasurer. He is director of reimbursement at Citizens Memorial Hospital in Bolivar, Mo.

Elected in 2019, John Gale, senior research associate at the Maine Rural Health Research Center, will serve as president in 2021.

View the association's press release for a full list of elected leaders and don’t miss your first chance to meet members of NRHA’s Rural Health Congress to advocate for rural with a new federal administration and representatives Feb. 9-11 at NRHA’s virtual 32nd Rural Health Policy Institute.

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