David Gross, NE KY AHEC Director, Elected to Rural Health Congress


David A. Gross, St. Claire Regional Medical Center’s administrative director for education and research, was recently elected to the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Congress. He will serve a two-year term representing the association’s Research and Education Constituency Group beginning in 2016.

Gross has been an NRHA member since 2003, received the NRHA LaVonne Straub Memorial Student Research Paper Award in 2009, and has served on the NRHA Communications Committee since 2010.  He has presented at NRHA’s annual conference multiple times.

“It’s an honor to be elected by my NRHA Research and Education peers to serve in this leadership role,” said Gross, whose duties include directing the Northeast Kentucky Area Health Education Center. “This is a critically important time for rural health care in the United States and I look forward to helping craft NRHA’s position on the health care workforce, quality initiatives, telemedicine, and other public policy issues.”

The Rural Health Congress determines NRHA’s position on health care-related public policy through a series of policy briefs and issue papers, and is made up of elected representatives from the association’s nine constituency groups, the State Association Council, the State Office Council, issue groups, and officers. This gives the Rural Health Congress representation that reflects the concerns of the NRHA’s diverse membership. 

The NRHA is a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research. The NRHA has been serving rural communities for more than 30 years and has more than 21,000 members.

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