Walden Receives National Award for Work on Rural Health Care Issues
Congressman named "Legislator of the Year" by National Rural Health Association
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) today awarded their 2006 Legislator of the Year Award to U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR), co-chairman of the bipartisan House Rural Health Care Coalition. Walden was presented the award by NRHA President Bill Sexton of Seaside, Oregon, and Scott Ekblad, deputy director for the Oregon Office of Rural Health, in recognition of his hard work on behalf of rural health issues and his work to advance important rural-specific reforms within the U.S. House of Representatives.
"Health care is an issue of great importance to me and to the residents of central, southern and eastern Oregon. It is critical that we work toward ensuring access to quality and affordable care for people in rural parts of our district, especially for the elderly, the disabled and children," said Walden. "Rural communities face unique issues and challenges when it comes to health care delivery and accessibility. It is vital that we find creative, responsible ways to keep valuable services available to these areas. I am honored to receive this award from NRHA and look forward to continued work with my colleagues in the Congress on rural health issues."