Dear Rural Health Colleagues
It is hard to believe October is here again already and our annual Symposium is just days away. We are looking forward to another successful conference. The past year as President of the RoundTable has been a very rewarding year for me, for the Board, and for the organization. Your Board of Directors has been very active this year and their contributions to the success of the organization are innumerable. We have held monthly meetings and two, daylong Board retreats over the past 10 months. During that time we set goals for the year and I am pleased to say that we met most of them. Being an all-volunteer Board has its challenges as you can imagine, so I want to take this opportunity to thank each of them for their hard work and dedication. Some of the highlights of the year include:
- New vision and mission statements for the RoundTable,
- New membership materials and processes,
- New redesigned and robust website, and the
- Hiring of an administrative support vendor.
The RoundTable has maintained and advanced its presence on a regional and national level. Board members have attended the Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, the National Rural Health Association Annual Meeting in Kansas City and we now hold representation on the State Association Council of the NRHA. In addition, I was appointed to the NRHA Rural Health Policy Board in January and hope to be re-elected this fall for another term. Each of these forums has served to further advance the RoundTable's name and I am proud to report that we are highly regarded both regionally and nationally.
I firmly believe that the New England Rural Health RoundTable has become the premier regional organization and voice for rural health administrators, clinicians and advocates. I encourage each of you to continue your membership and involvement and hope that you reach out to non-members to make our organization even stronger.
I am looking forward to continuing as your President for my second term. Please do not hesitate to contact any Board member or myself to voice your interests and concerns.
Jeff Hanson, MPH