John Gale Receives National Award for Outstanding Research

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) announced the association’s 2024 Rural Health Award recipients. NRHA’s Rural Health Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in the field of rural health who have dedicated their time and talents to improving the health and well-being of others. The winners will be honored during NRHA’s 47th Annual Rural Health Conference on May 7-10, 2024 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

John Gale, Senior Research Associate at the Maine Rural Health Research Center within the University of Southern Maine’s Catherine Cutler Institute, is NRHA’s Outstanding Researcher Award winner. John is one the longest-serving members of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s National Flex Monitoring and Frontier Community Health Integration Project Demonstration teams. He is recognized as an international leader in rural mental health, and his contributions to rural health research and evaluation have shaped the national rural health landscape.

“We’re extremely proud of this year’s winners, who have found creative ways to survive and
thrive despite the challenges many rural health care providers face,” said NRHA CEO Alan
Morgan. “They have each made tremendous strides to advance rural health care, and we’re
confident they will continue to help improve the lives of rural Americans.”

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural
Americans and provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications,
education, and research. NRHA’s membership consists of diverse individuals and organizations,
all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health.