Rural health leader elected to national rural health policy-making board

December 04, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Larry Baronner, deputy director and rural health systems manager at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH), has been elected to the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) Rural Health Congress to represent the State Office Council, the formal council within NRHA for all 50 state offices of rural health (SORHs) in the nation.

NRHA is a national nonprofit membership organization that provides leadership on rural health issues. NRHA’s membership of more than 20,000 consists of a diverse collection of individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. The Rural Health Congress is the policy-making body of the association. With a broad grassroots representation reflecting the concerns of NRHA's membership, it passes the official policy positions of the association.

Representatives to the Congress are elected by the association’s membership through a national election process where candidates are assessed on their knowledge of rural health issues, their skills in engaging in constructive discourse and their ability to advocate for the specific interests of the group they represent. Baronner, as the representative for the State Office Council, will be the voice of the nation’s 50 SORHs.

This program, administered by the federal Office of Rural Health Policy in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, provides an institutional framework that links communities with state and federal resources to help develop long-term solutions to rural health problems. SORHs serve as a focal point within each state for rural health issues. Baronner will serve through 2017.

“We are thrilled to have Larry Baronner elected to serve on the 2015 NRHA Policy Congress,” said Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO. “Larry has served as an informal rural health policy resource to our organization for many years; his election to the congress helps to ensure that our national policy is aligned with the needs of small rural towns across Pennsylvania. It’s a well-deserved honor for Larry to be elected to the Policy Congress and he is certainly a great addition to this national policy setting body.”

“I am excited to have Larry serve on the Rural Health Congress,” added Lisa Davis, PORH director and outreach associate professor of health policy and administration. “Larry will bring his expertise in rural health issues and his strong organizational and analytical skills to be a solid representative for the state offices of rural health.”

The Penn State-based PORH was established in 1991 to enhance the health status of rural Pennsylvanians and strengthen the delivery and quality of care in the communities in which they live. Each year, the organization presents awards to recognize rural health programs and individuals who have made substantial contributions to rural health in Pennsylvania. To learn more about the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, visit www.porh.psu.edu. 

  • Larry Baronner

    Larry Baronner, deputy director and rural health systems manager at the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, has been elected to the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Congress.

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