Dana Stidham receives NARHC's highest honor

Posted by Heidi Malone | Wednesday, November 18, 2020

We want to congratulate Dana Stidham on receiving the National Association of Rural Health Clinics’ Highest Honor; the Ron Nelson Award. Dana has worked at the IRHA for 14 years, mainly focused on guiding and supporting rural health clinics across the state. Her commitment and dedication is truly appreciated, and we couldn’t think of a more deserving individual.  Congratulations Dana!








Dana Stidham, MT (ASCP), MS HPE, has worked in healthcare for 43 years: 17 years in hospital and outpatient laboratories; 8 years in health professions education in post-secondary community colleges in Charleston, South Carolina, and Indiana; 4 years in Emergency Preparedness with Indiana Public Health Association; Practice Manager of a Rural Health Clinic, and 14 years with Indiana Rural Health Association working with Indiana’s Rural Health Clinics.

On behalf of Rural Health Clinics, Dana Stidham developed emergency preparedness exercises and resources and served as a healthcare enrollment navigator for the Marketplace and Healthy Indiana Plan and directed the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Outreach Noble County Grant Project to enroll children and their families in healthcare insurance.  Dana was instrumental in acquiring refrigerators for Rural Health Clinics for storing vaccines requiring refrigeration.  She also played a leadership role in placing defibrillator devices in RHCs through IRHA grant funding to Rural Health Clinics. Currently, Dana is a Rural Health Clinic Consultant for Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) in which she visits clinics to perform mock RHC survey exercises or provides RHC orientation for new practice managers.  She plans RHC programs for IRHA seminars and conferences, serves as a liaison in behalf of clinics, advocates for RHCs’ needs, and serves as a resource for RHC questions on regulations, policies, and procedures.