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About the HSRHA

Hawaiʻi State Rural Health Association

HSRHA was incorporated in 1998 and is an active member of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and the NRHA State Association Council. Membership includes rural health practitioners, rural community residents and advocates, and members of local rural health associations statewide. HSRHA participates in national and local health initiatives, promotes health networks, provides grass-roots input into statewide health planning, and promotes development of new services for rural areas.

Hawaiʻi State Rural Health Association Values

To advocate for rural health issues and promote communication, education and research of issues related to rural health.

To be the collaborative health leader for rural communities in Hawai`i

HSRHA is organized for advocacy, communication, education, and research of issues related to rural health. Goals identified in the 2017 – 2022 Strategic Plan call for:

  1. Advocacy for recruitment and retention of primary care providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants)
    • Health Professions Shortage Area (HPSA) designation allows for loan repayment for physicians, physician assistants, and advance practice nurses.
    • State loan repayment by the federal government will provide matching funds for loan repayment, but the state must allocate funds to be matched. We will work to secure state matching funds
    • Behavioral Health Expansion is a critical issue facing rural Hawai’i.
    • Certification of other health professionals including phlebotomists, rad tech, community health workers, medical interpreters, etc. all whom various levels of education/licensure and or certification is recommended
  2. Recruitment and retention of Hawaii’s rural health workforce through networking, education, training, and mentoring.
    • Promote a rural health focus within the health care community by sponsoring and facilitating a rural health track at the annual Hawaii Health Workforce Summit, in partnership with the University of Hawai`i, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Area Health Education Center (AHEC).
    • Commit to expanding, enhancing and sustaining the ECHO Hawai`i model across our island state.
    • Maintain an online presence in the community for the collection and dissemination of rural health related information.
    • Establish a communication mechanism to share rural health information with members, partners and stakeholders.
  3. Establish and maintain relationships with key County, State, and Federal legislators and administrative staff
    • Formalize the Rural Health Caucus at the Hawai`i State Legislature that was instituted during the 2016 session.
    • Send at least two delegates to the National Rural Health Association’s Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. in February, 2017.
    • Delegate at least one member per island/county to begin or enhance relations with appropriate elected county officials.
    • Build stronger relationships with NHRA personnel.
    • Expand the number of ex officio board members from governmental administrative offices and work to involve the individuals to a greater degree.
  4. Establish and maintain key relationships with other organizations addressing health.
    • Identify the relevant organizations.
    • Invite organizations and individuals from these organizations to join the Legislative Caucus.
    • Encourage everyone above to become a dues-paying member of the Association.
    • Encourage appropriate groups, such as the Psychiatric Medical Association, to apply for Affiliate Member status.
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