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IRHA Director of Operations Named National NRHA Fellow

Posted by: Tina Elliot  | December 19, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS – Rebecca D. Sanders, Director of Operations for the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA), has been named as a national 2017 NRHA Fellow, joining an “elite group of rural healthcare professionals,” according to Don Kelso, IRHA Executive Director.

“NRHA Fellows represent core emerging leadership and champions for rural healthcare in America, and we at IRHA are pleased that Becky was selected for this national honor,” Kelso said. Sanders also presently serves as the Program Director for the Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center, which helps advance telehealth operations in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.

According to Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), the 2017 Fellows were named following a competitive review process. The NRHA Fellows will now participate in what Morgan called “a year-long intensive program aimed at developing leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.”

“This is a thrilling opportunity to work together for a year with other national rural health leaders,” Sanders said. “It is humbling and exciting at the same time.”

The Fellows will meet February 6 (2017) to begin planning a comprehensive national project that is expected to advance quality healthcare delivery in rural America. After working on the selected project for a year, the group will present their recommendations and results at the 2018 NRHA Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

The NRHA named 16 professionals in total for this year. Sanders was one of two from Indiana, with Nikki King from Margaret Mary Health in Batesville also joining the 2017 group. Previous national Fellows selected from Indiana include Cody Mullen, IRHA Network Coordinator; Elizabeth Burrows of Burrows Consulting (former director of rural health for the Indiana State Department of Health); IRHA past Board President Hicham Rahmouni of the Lugar Center for Rural Health; and Tim Putnam, CEO of Margaret Mary Health, who also is a former IRHA Board President.

A 1994 graduate of Indiana State University (Terre Haute), Sanders also holds an MBA from Western Governors University. She and her husband Michael have two daughters and live in Plainfield (Indiana) with their two dogs.

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About the Indiana Rural Health Association

The Indiana Rural Health Association was organized in 1997 and is a nonprofit organization working to enhance the health and well-being of rural populations in Indiana through leadership, education, advocacy, collaboration, and resource development. The strength of the organization is through the present diverse membership and the founding organizers who are committed to impacting the health of citizens through the identification of rural health issues and through advocacy roles in both the public and private sectors. IRHA membership is made up of 2,600 diverse individuals and organizations, making it the largest rural health association in the nation, and a nationally recognized leader in rural health care. For more information, visit

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