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Rural Health Association of Utah

Annual Awards

Each year at the annual conference of the Rural Health Association of Utah (RHAU), we take the opportunity to recognize five individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional dedication in serving rural Utah. These awards are carefully tailored to acknowledge the specific roles crucial for the health and well-being of our rural Utah communities. We are honored to annually acknowledge these individuals for their consistent efforts and unwavering commitment to enhancing rural healthcare.



RHAU Lifetime Achievement Award 


The Rural Health Association of Utah’s Lifetime Achievement Award is a prestigious recognition bestowed upon individuals who have demonstrated exceptional dedication, innovation, and impact in the field of healthcare within rural communities in Utah. This award celebrates the remarkable contributions of individuals who have devoted their careers to improving the health and well-being of residents in remote and underserved areas. Recipients of this award have exhibited outstanding leadership, shown a profound commitment to addressing the unique challenges of rural healthcare delivery, and have made significant strides in enhancing medical access, quality, and services in these regions. Through their tireless efforts, awardees have left an enduring legacy that has positively shaped healthcare practices and positively influenced the lives of countless individuals in rural areas.

2023 Awardee: Debbie Marvidikis - Southeast Utah Public Health




RHAU Rural Health Champion of the Year

The Rural Health Association of Utah’s Rural Health Champion of the Year Award stands as a pinnacle of recognition, honoring a remarkable individual or organization that has displayed unwavering commitment, exceptional leadership, and a profound impact in the realm of rural health care in the state of Utah over the previous year. This esteemed accolade celebrates those who have gone above and beyond to address the unique challenges faced by rural communities, demonstrating innovative solutions, advocating for change, and making substantial strides in enhancing healthcare access and quality. The awardee's transformative efforts not only improve health outcomes within underserved areas but also serve as an inspiration for others to actively engage in and contribute to the advancement of rural health on a broader scale.

2023 Awardee: Ashley Moretz - Office of Primary Care and Rural Health



RHAU Rural Provider of the Year 


The Rural Health Association of Utah’s Rural Provider of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary healthcare professional who has demonstrated exceptional dedication, outstanding clinical skills, and a profound impact on healthcare delivery within rural Utah communities. This prestigious award celebrates the provider's commitment to addressing the unique challenges faced by rural populations, showcasing their unwavering efforts to ensure access to high-quality medical care. Through innovative practices, compassionate patient care, and a deep understanding of local needs, the awardee has become a beacon of excellence in rural healthcare. This recognition not only honors their outstanding achievements but also highlights their role as a vital healthcare partner in improving the well-being of individuals and families in underserved areas.

2023 Awardee: Sabrina Carter, FNP-BC, Positive Pathways



RHAU Faculty of the Year 


The Rural Health Association of Utah’s Rural Healthcare Faculty Member of the Year Award acknowledges an exceptional educator who has made a significant impact in preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals for the unique challenges and opportunities present in rural settings. This distinguished award celebrates the faculty member's dedication to equipping students with the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary to excel in delivering healthcare in remote and underserved communities. Through innovative teaching methods, mentorship, and a deep commitment to fostering an understanding of rural healthcare dynamics, the recipient has demonstrated a remarkable ability to inspire and shape the future of rural healthcare providers. This accolade not only recognizes their outstanding contributions to education but also underscores their role in cultivating a workforce that can positively influence the health and well-being of rural populations.

2023 Awardee: Dr. Ty Dickerson, University of Utah School of Medicine


RHAU Educational Partner of the Year 


The Rural Health Association of Utah’s Education Partner of the Year Award honors an exceptional individual, organization, or collaborative initiative that has displayed remarkable dedication and impact in advancing health education within communities. This esteemed accolade recognizes the awardee's outstanding commitment to promoting health literacy, awareness, and empowerment through innovative educational efforts. By engaging diverse audiences, employing creative strategies, and tailoring programs to specific needs, the recipient has demonstrated a transformative influence on individuals' understanding of health-related topics. This award not only applauds their significant contributions to fostering informed decision-making and healthier lifestyles but also highlights their role as a crucial partner in building a healthier and more knowledgeable society.

2023 Awardee: Southern Utah University College of Health Sciences




Nominations for the 2024 Annual Rural Health Association of Utah Awards will open in Summer 2024. We encourage you to nominate any individuals or organizations who you feel fit the descriptions provided above. 


The individuals/organizations selected will be presented with their awards during the RHAU Networking Dinner and Annual Update on Wednesday, November 13, 2024, in St. George, Utah, Time and Location TBD


If you have any questions about the Annual Rural Health Association of Utah Awards, please contact Kasey Shakespear at

 Annual Awards

Annual Awards

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