The 2014 Alaska Rural Health Conference Planning Committee invites applications for awards to be presented at this year’s conference, April 22-23, 2014 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel in downtown Anchorage.

The Rural Health Awards are a tradition during Alaska’s Rural Health Conference, providing the opportunity to recognize outstanding members of our communities as well as organizations and programs that have made a significant impact in the delivery of healthcare.

Phil Nice Award for Outstanding Achievement in Rural Health Care
Award recipients are selected based on their creativity, unselfishness, compassion and cooperative attitude in seeking ways to make lasting contributions to rural health care. The nominees work should expand beyond the local community and have a demonstrated effect on rural health at state and national levels. This category includes, but is not limited to, contributions to rural health policy, legislation, care and programs.

Rural Health Quality Award
This Award recognizes any individual, organization or group that has made significant contributions to the quality or safety of rural Alaskans. Nominee criteria include evidence of improved outcomes or increase in health status indicators. Factors considered include number of rural Alaskans impacted, demonstration of measurable improvement, innovative approach to quality improvement or measurement and applicability to other organizations or communities.

Outstanding Rural Health Organization
This Award recognizes any group or entire organization that has improved access to health services and information for rural people through innovative, comprehensive approaches. Factors considered include outreach, preventive health and education, quality and efficiency of care, and strong community support and involvement.

Outstanding Rural Health Program
This Award recognizes a community, regional or statewide program involving one or more health professionals or entities that promotes or facilitates the development of rural health delivery systems. Factors considered include coordination of services, networking and collaboration, innovation in development and implementation, and lasting impact of program on populations served.

Outstanding Community Contribution
This award recognizes an individual that has provided broad, lasting contributions within their communities and has contributed to improve the health care and delivery.  

Submission Guidelines

To submit a nomination, please provide the following:

1) Completed Nomination Form: Complete the award nomination form (see button below). As part of this form, you will be asked to provide nominee information and contact information for the person nominating.

2) Award Entry Narrative (Required Attachment): Provide a written statement why you believe the person or group being nominated should be considered for the selected award. 

  • Narrative is limited to seven pages;
  • Should be based on the criteria listed within each award category;
  • Include the significance of the work of the nominee to the community, populations or individuals served;
  • Explain how rural people have benefited.

3) Additional Relevant Attachments: Attachments may be included which enhance and support the award entry. Supporting letters are encouraged (limited to three).

All nomination forms and attachments must be submitted by:

If you have any questions about the process, please contact:

Faith Allard

Selection Process

All award determinations will be based on the merits of nominees, relevance to established criteria in their respective category and demonstrated benefit to rural areas served. Winners are determined by the Executive Committee of the Rural Health Conference Steering Committee. Award winners will be notified by telephone no later than MARCH 17, 2014.

Awards Presentation and Recognition

The 2014 Rural Health Awards will be presented during the Conference Reception on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. Awardees will receive one complimentary Full Conference Registration to the Conference.