Outstanding Emerging Network Leader of the Year

The Outstanding Emerging Network Leader Award recognizes extraordinary leadership activities demonstrated by a new network leader/director in the field of health networks  

 

Tara Dilley2018 Recipient: Tara Dilley

Southeast Texas Health System (TX)

Tara joined Southeast Texas Health System (SETHS) in 2006 as a Project Director. Throughout the years, Tara has managed various HRSA-funded projects and programs for SETHS.  Tara’s project leadership and organizational skills has aided in developing sustainable products and services that support members in their medical communities. Tara has been SETHS’ Executive Director since 2016.  Tara holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas and while there, was a student athlete (volleyball). When not leading SETHS, you’ll find Tara training for half marathons, out cycling or in the kitchen baking.  Her weekends are filled with being creative with cake and buttercream…she’s known locally as the “Cake Lady” and her baking business is The Yellow Door Bakery. Living in a town of around 2,100 people, Tara also believes in giving back to the community and volunteers throughout the year with multiple organizations and fundraisers.SETHS has been a member of NCHN since 2012.  Tara is currently NCHN’s board President, having previously served as the board Secretary and Vice President. Tara has attended numerous NCHN events, including Annual Educational and Leadership Experience conferences. While there are so many bonuses of being a member of NCHN, Tara most values the friendships she has made.

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2017 Recipient:Leah Meyers

Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network (AZ)

The Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network (AzRWHN) first known as The Women’s Health Council began in 2006 as a group of influential leaders across the state concerned about the health disparities facing this group of Arizonans.  The purpose of formally organizing the Council was to address the lack of health care information, services, and education provided or developed for rural healthcare providers. In 2007, the Council applied for and received funding for a one (1) year Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Planning Grant. It was at this time that the Network expanded as new partners were brought to the table. The Council formally changed the name to The Arizona Rural Women’s Health Network (AzRWHN). In 2011 and 2014 the Network was awarded a three (3) year HRSA Network Development Grant. The mission of the AzRWHN is to build our network partners’capacity to cultivate and promote innovative policies, practices and services that improve the health of women in rural Arizona. The Network’s Vision Statement is women in rural Arizona will experience optimal health and wellness.The network is comprised of 24 members from 17 different organizations, including community health providers, the state health office, the rural health office, universities and community based organizations. Ms. Meyers has been the AzRWHN Director since January 2015. Under her leadership, the network has added 8 new members and has implemented or expanded these successful services: •  Sexual Violence Curriculum for Community Health Workers/Promotoras •  Creating an online version of our sexual violence curriculum • Providing webinars and trainings for rural providers•  Social Media and •  Rural Women’s Health Symposium. 

Donna Newchurch

2016 Recipient:  Donna Newchurch

louisiana rural ambulance alliance (LA)

The Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance (LRAA) was formed in 1995 by Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Providers who deliver services to the rural population of Louisiana citizens.  The mission of the LRAA was, and remains so today; to serve as a convening point for EMS         providers with similar delivery issues to receive education on issues specific to their delivery challenges, provide networking opportunities, and identify opportunities to work collectively for the benefit of EMS in Louisiana. In 2005, the LRAA assumed a leadership role in the required     response to the devastating natural disaster we know as Hurricane Katrina. LRAA was the organization which Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) contracted with to provide emergency transportation services to citizens of Louisiana – both evacuations from the   hurricane effected areas and for evacuees throughout the state. Under a contract with the State of Louisiana for surge ground and air ambulance assets and staff, the LRAA has continued its leadership role response to the devastating natural disasters including Hurricanes Katrina,   Ike, Gustave, and Karen.  Under Ms. Newchurch's leadership, LRAA's membership has gtown to include sicty-three of the state's sixty-six providers.  Staffing has increased from one, to now six FTE's, one PTE and two contractual staff.  Ms. Newchurch has also spearheaded the   establishment of additional formal networks and other various networking activities.  Ms. Newchurch also serves on the NCHN Board of Directors as the Secretary. 

Darcy Czarnik Laurin2014 Recipient:  Darcy Czarnik Laurin 

Thumb rural Health Network (MI)

Thumb Rural Health Network works to improve comprehensive health services in Michigan’s Thumb region by exploring and facilitating innovative approaches among the Network members. The TRHN membership consists of three county health departments, six critical access hospitals, and two tertiary-level hospitals. Services focus on population health management that include access to health care for the underserved population with an emphasis on primary care and dental services, as well as chronic disease management. Additional services are improved community health status, regional health behaviors data collection and utilization, community access to care, educational opportunities, and leadership development. Each TRHN member organization has a community-based mission and continually seeks and sustains meaningful relationships with other community organizations that increase viability, efficiency, and effectiveness through collaboration.“Since starting in her role as Network Director, Darcy Czarnik Laurin has been very involved in NCHN activities, fostering both her own development as a leader and serving as a resource for other health networks,” said Rebecca Davis, Ph.D., Executive Director of the National Cooperative of Health     Networks. “She has actively participated in two NCHN Leadership Learning Communities, serves on multiple committees, chaired the 2014 Conference Planning Committee, and currently serves as NCHN President. Through all of this, her commitment to rural health and her desire to excel as a network leader are apparent.”

Cassalyn David2013 Recipient: Cassalyn David

Santa Cruz Adolescent Wellness Network (AZ)

“Cassalyn immediately became involved in NCHN when she was employed as the Network Director. Within the first month, she attended the NCHN Leadership Summit and became an active member of the 2012-2013 NCHN Leadership Learning Community,” said Rebecca J. Davis, NCHN’s Executive Director. “Her grasp of the role a network plays in the overall delivery of quality healthcare was immediate. She immediately began developing strategies to ensure the network’s long-term stability, recruited new members and diversified its funding sources. Her peers across the country recognized her leadership skills with this award.”

In her nine months as the Network Director, Cassalyn is particularly proud of the unique activities that have received great responses. To support the creation of school-based health care, the network invited school district administrators on a site visit to school wellness centers in a nearby town. It speaks highly of the network’s reputation that these busy administrators joined in, hit the road, brought their questions, and subsequently expressed enthusiastic support for school wellness in their districts. Health care for adolescents can be a complicated topic, financially and politically, so Cassalyn is working with the network to build support among key stakeholders and emphasize shared values and goals. This means drawing on nationwide resources, connecting with centers in neighboring communities, and building a strong case for health care in schools.

Toniann Richard2012 Recipient: Toniann Richard

Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri (MO)

“We received multiple submissions nominating Toniann Richard for this award,” said Rebecca Davis, Executive Director of NCHN. “Since becoming a member in 2009, Toniann has been very active, participating in multiple committees and sharing lessons learned during her tenure as a network director. She truly stands out as a leader among her peers and has tremendous energy for collaboration not only within her region, but with network leaders nationwide.”  According to one nomination for Richard, “Her willingness to share her knowledge is contagious. She is determined, fast acting, resourceful, and displays the great entrepreneurial skills that make a great network leader.”

The HCC was founded in 2006 and, under Toniann Richard’s leadership, has implemented numerous successful programs which enhance the delivery of quality health care in the region. “Our strength lies in developing collaborative relationships,” said Richard. “Utilizing the strengths of individual organizations, we are able to develop services and programs that are larger than any single organization.” Richard has been persistent, systematic, and successful in her efforts to secure funding for program implementation and development, having applied for and received grants to evaluate and address needs for the uninsured and underserved, implement Telemedicine and Electronic Health Records, provide education, support, and access to diabetes care and encourage overall wellness.

Esther2011 Recipient: Esther Hammerschlag

Prince of Wales Health Network (AK)

Current members of the Prince of Wales Health Network are PeaceHealth, SEARHC, State of Alaska Craig Public Health Center, and Alaska Island Community Services.  The Prince of Wales Health Network was formed in 2008 out of a mutually recognized need by POW’s healthcare providers for increased collaboration to improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare services to POW residents.   The original goals of the Network were to evaluate the possibility for longer term collaboration through strengthening relationships between the healthcare provider organizations, updating needs assessments for POW, and developing a strategic plan for primary care services on POW. 

Under Hammerschlag’s skillful leadership, the Network rapidly exceeded expectations, and expanded its objectives to include needs assessment and strategic planning for behavioral health services on POW, market analysis for elder care services on POW, increased support for the Island’s EMS system, and formation of a community based behavioral health coalition. Other Network accomplishments include increased visiting specialty clinics, continuing education opportunities for providers, and increased community education about services available on Prince of Wales Island.  Most important, the Network has facilitated increased communication and collaboration between the healthcare providers serving the island, community stakeholders, and state agency representatives. 

Cindy Large2010 Recipient: Cindy Large

Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network (IN)

Large was specifically recognized her for efficiency as a network leader and her ability to inspire and instill confidence in other leaders who are just embarking on the formation of networks. “Cindy’s nomination said it best,” adds Rebecca Davis, Executive Director of NCHN. According to one member who nominated Large, “Cindy has inspired and encouraged me to move forward with my leadership as Grant Coordinator for our Network Planning Grant.” As a presenter at the 2008 NCHN Annual Conference in San Diego, “She was both welcoming and authentic,” the nominator said. “Her first words, ‘I was sitting in your seat last year, and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing!’ She shared her experience in such a way, that not only did I visit with her at the conference, I’ve called and written her several times since. At the end of each conversation I left with the sense that I know I can do this...”

Large served as the leadership for the initial grant application which gave rise to the Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network in 2008. She assembled partners with the expertise and connections to rural heath, to create a cohesive group of hospitals in rural Indiana, that are working together to improve the quality of and access to healthcare in Indiana’s underserved communities. In just two years, Large has created a fully sustainable network based on a unique combination of membership fees, grant collaborations and partnerships, usage fees and administrative fees. The InSRHN provides an extremely low cost, high return, model to provide each member with substantial return on investment for their time and financial commitment. In 2009, under Cindy’s leadership, the Network achieved a 477% return on investment for its individual members.

Tara Cramer2009 Recipient: Tara Cramer

East Georgia Health Cooperative (GA)

 “Tara’s nomination said it best,” adds Rebecca Davis, Executive Director of NCHN. “Tara never loses sight of why many of us are a part of NCHN and leading the networks across the nation: Care is best delivered close to home and networks contribute significantly to this vision.”  

Tara began working as the Executive Director for the East Georgia Health Cooperative in August 2007 and has grown this once nine-county partnership to a point where it stretches to seventeen counties. The East Georgia Health Cooperative was formed in 1999 as the first multi-county rural health network focused on improving access and health status in Georgia. East Georgia Health Cooperative is a vertical network comprised of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) corporations, rural hospitals, and an academic medical center. It began as a partnership among care providers focused on supporting one another and improving the health status of the community with Diabetes Education and Management as the primary service of the Cooperative. It has since expanded into many related areas and continues to significantly impact the accessibility of health care for patients in the network members’ communities.