This year-long intensive program is designed to develop leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for health care in rural America. Participation begins with Giger’s attendance at the NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute meeting, set for Jan. 29 in Washington, D.C.

“With emerging health care changes in rural communities, we need policy and practice leaders like Dr. Giger to help us make good decisions,” said Michael Lawler, M.S.W., Ph.D., dean of the School of Health Sciences at the University of South Dakota.

Giger was chosen from a pool of applicants that included health care professionals from across the nation. Applicants were evaluated based upon their overall purpose for applying, educational background, capacity for becoming an active NRHA participant and understanding of rural health care issues.

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