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Nominations sought for 2013 Oregon Rural Health Hero Award

The Oregon Office of Rural Health at Oregon Health & Science University is seeking nominations for the 2013 Oregon Rural Health Hero of the Year Award. The award will honor an outstanding individual, program or organization for improving the quality and availability of health care in rural communities.

“There are many hard-working, dedicated people out there who have made a major impact on health care in rural Oregon,” says Scott Ekblad, director of the Oregon Office of Rural Health. “Think about nominating someone whose actions have had a notable, positive impact on the health of the community, or a successful program that other communities might want to duplicate. How about a teacher or coach with a unique approach to educating students on health care risk prevention, or a health care provider, clinic or health department that has demonstrated a unique devotion to the populations they serve?”

The 2013 Oregon Rural Health Hero will be announced at the 30th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference, Oct. 23-25, 2013, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel - Lloyd Center, Portland.

Nominations will be accepted through July 26, 2013, and are available on the Oregon Office of Rural Health website.

For more information, please contact Linda Peppler, Oregon Office of Rural Health, 503 494-4450 or

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