Celebrating 2021 National Rural Health Day

Southwest Telehealth Resource Center

Dec. 1, 2021

Since 2010 the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has designated the 3rd Thursday in November as National Rural Health Day to celebrate the rural leaders and champions in rural communities. This year the Arizona Telemedicine Program and the SWTRC joined with the Arizona Rural Health Association and the Arizona State Office of Rural Health to kick it off in Arizona with a “2021 Mid-Year Rural Health Policy Roundup” webinar by Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association.

Since 2010 the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has designated the 3rd Thursday in November as National Rural Health Day to celebrate the rural leaders and champions in rural communities. This year the Arizona Telemedicine Program and the SWTRC joined with the Arizona Rural Health Association and the Arizona State Office of Rural Health to kick it off in Arizona with a “2021 Mid-Year Rural Health Policy Roundup” webinar by Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association.

This webinar streamed live to a national audience on November 15th and the recording and presentation slides are available at: https://telemedicine.arizona.edu/webinars/previous for on-demand playback.

Each year the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health selects a Community Star from each of the 50 states. The 2021 Community Star report, https://en.calameo.com/read/0045723395dc12ef8ac48, includes stories of how each Community Star is working to improve life in their rural community.

Congratulations to all of the 2021 Community Stars!

Matthew Probst, PA-C
Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director
El Centro Family Health

Mathew Probst is the Chief Quality Officer and Medical Director for a Federally Qualified Health Center located Northeast of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Under his leadership, Mr. Probst was able to implement initiatives at the start of the pandemic which resulted in his county having one of the lowest fatality rates and one of the highest vaccination rates in the county. Read more about why Mr. Probst was featured in an award-winning documentary named The Providers: https://en.calameo.com/read/0045723395dc12ef8ac48