Humboldt General Hospital’s administrator has been chosen to help
articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America’s healthcare.
Jim Parrish has been accepted in the National Rural Health Association’s
(NRHA) Rural Health Fellows Program for 2015.
Parrish applied to take part in the year-long, intensive program and came
through a crowded field to land a spot among a dozen individuals who all
share a mutual concern for the future of rural healthcare.
During his skill-building year, Parrish and the other Rural Health Fellows
will participate in three advanced leadership training seminars, attend
several of NRHA's educational conferences, take part in monthly conference
calls on rural health leadership, policy and strategic planning, and participate
in a guided group project that will involve Fellows in the process of
rural health policy analysis on a national level.
Not only do the Fellows gain valuable insights and build critical skills
in personal, team, and organizational leadership, health policy analysis
and advocacy, but they are also exposed to premier faculty and seasoned
practitioners who provide executive coaching and structured team assignments.
A final graduation ceremony for this year’s Fellows will take place
in February 2016 in Washington DC.
Parrish said the program is very rigorous, but also very motivating.
“The members of our group are dedicated to improving the health of
rural Americans,” said Parrish, “and we are finding that our
passion can impact rural health policy at the local, state and national
Parrish continued, “As we grow our leadership skills and advocacy
competence, that naturally translates into action and results on rural
health policy issues—and that is a very motivating outcome.”
The program, in its ninth year, has steadily gained recognition across
the United States. Before being chosen, reviewers look at applicants’
overall purpose for applying, educational background, capacity for becoming
an active NRHA participant and understanding of rural health care issues.
After this initial review, the reviewers then focus their selections on
geographic and professional diversity.
Once accepted into the “class,” participants like Parrish must
commit to improve the health of all rural Americans and populations through
appropriate and equitable health care services.
“That was an easy commitment for me,” said Parrish, “because
Humboldt General Hospital is already committed to the health of our local
“Still,” he added, “we always strive to improve, and
I have been grateful for this program and the training I have received
to help continue to move our rural health policies and programs forward.”