December, 2021: Celebrating 2021 National Rural Health Day
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Celebrating 2021 National Rural Health Day
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.
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!
Darlene Rose Melk, MD, FAAP
Chief Medical Office
Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc.
Dr. Melk is a pediatrician whose vision includes improving the quality of life of rural families. Under her leadership as Chief Medical Officer at Chiricahua Community Health Centers (CCHCI), families in Southeastern Arizona not only have access to walk-in pediatric immunization clinics, but a location for wellness visits, dental care, and blood checks all integrated within the CCHCI building. Read more about Dr. Melk’s commitment to serving the rural community in Southeast Arizona.