Alan Morgan, MPA
CEO of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA)
Mr. Morgan joined the NRHA staff in 2001. He has more than 20 years of experience in health policy development at the state and federal levels. In 2011, he was selected by readers of Modern Healthcare as being among the top 100 most influential people in health care.
Gabriela Alcalde, DrPH
Vice President of Policy & Program, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
Dr. Alcalde has extensive experience in community engagement, policy analysis and development, program development and implementation, capacity building, advocacy, and writing for various audiences. She has been active on boards and coalitions addressing public health policy, health equity, and communities of color.
Founder and President of the California Association of Rural Health Clinics
Director of Rural Health Services at Adventist Health in Roseville, California
Ms. Nickerson provides oversight for more than 50 rural health clinics in California, Oregon and Washington. She has more than 30 years of experience as a health systems consultant and an outpatient clinic administrator.
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is the second largest medical specialty board in the U.S. Founded in 1969, it is a voluntary, not-for-profit, private organization whose purposes include improving the quality of medical care available to the public; establishing and maintaining standards of excellence in the specialty of Family Medicine; improving the standards of medical education for training in Family Medicine; and determining by evaluation the fitness of specialists in Family Medicine who apply for and hold certificates. The ABFM collaborates with other specialty boards and organizations to promote better health care, drive better outcomes, and manage health care resources responsibly.
The Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues helps non-metropolitan journalists define the public agenda for their communities and grasp the local impact of broader issues. In this way it assists rural journalists in learning how to exercise editorial leadership in small markets. The Institute helps journalists all over America learn about rural issues, trends and events in areas they've never seen but that have much in common with their own. While based at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, the Institute is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional effort, with academic partners in more than 25 institutions across 19 states.
The Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) provides a framework for linking small rural communities with state and federal resources while working toward long-term solutions to rural health issues. Its mission is to support the health and well-being of Kentuckians by promoting access to rural health services. The KORH helps clinicians, administrators and consumers find ways to improve communications, finances and access to quality health care while ensuring that funding agencies and policy makers are made aware of the needs of rural communities. The Center of Excellence in Rural Health serves as the federally designated Kentucky Office of Rural Health, located in a rural area within the Appalachian mountains of southeastern Kentucky.
The mission of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is to addresses the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians. Mission objectives are advanced through two initiative areas: promoting responsive health policy and a new children's initiative named "Investing in Kentucky's Future." Foundation work aims to improve access to health care, reduce risks and disparities, and promote health equity and healthy lifestyles. Since 2001, more than $22 million has been invested in health policy research and demonstration grant projects across Kentucky.