PSP’s collaboration with Hillsboro Area Hospital wins National Rural Health Association Award

“Healthy Hillsboro,” a collaborative partnership between Southern Illinois University Medicine Department of Population Science and Policy and Hillsboro Area Hospital has been selected by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) as one of two recipients of the 2022 Outstanding Rural Health Program Award. The Outstanding Rural Health Program Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in the field of rural health who have dedicated time and talents to improving the health and well-being of others.

The Healthy Hillsboro project aims to improve the community’s social determinants of health by using a systems of care approach to achieve better health outcomes.

“Our partnership with Hillsboro Area Hospital has resulted in incredibly innovative work that impacts many different age groups and populations in Hillsboro,” said Dr. Vohra. “We’re thrilled to be recognized by the country’s leading voice in rural health but we’re even prouder of the difference this program is making in physical, emotional and mental health in Hillsboro.”

“The partnership with the Department of Population Science and Policy is truly making a difference in our community. The work of this partnership is touching many individuals at various stages of life to improve the factors that impact health,” said Hillsboro Area Hospital President and CEO Rex Brown.

“We’re extremely proud of this year’s winners, particularly because of the extra challenges rural health care providers have faced since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” says 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.”