S.H.O.W. Mobile Program Director Selected to Participate in National Workshop

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Sandy Ortiz, director of the Southeast Health on Wheels (S.H.O.W.) Mobile has been selected to participate in the Rural Voices Leadership and Policy Workshop March 29-31 in Washington, D.C.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Feb. 12, 2010 – Sandy Ortiz, director of the Southeast Health on Wheels (S.H.O.W.) Mobile program at Southeast Missouri State University, was selected by the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) to participate in the Rural Voices Leadership and Policy Workshop March 29-31 in Washington, D.C.   

The workshop, which is exclusive for ORHP grantees, will focus on information, skills and strategies on leadership development programs for rural health leaders and ensure greater diversity of leadership for rural communities.  It also aims to build stronger relationships with those receiving the grants and encourage them to have more involvement in larger, ongoing healthcare discussions. 

Participants will learn ways to expand their focus to state and national levels of health care issues and become better, stronger voices in rural healthcare concerns.  They also will participate in a leadership skills workshop.

Ortiz was one of only 24 rural healthcare leaders selected.  Applicants were chosen based on their interest in attending the program and how the program fits into the growth and development of their careers. Applicants also were chosen on how the workshop might benefit their communities.

Ortiz’s position with the S.H.O.W. mobile fit the criteria well.  The S.H.O.W. Mobile is a 38-foot mobile health center outfitted with medical equipment thanks to a federally directed earmark supported by the Missouri Congressional delegation. Staffed by a family nurse practitioner, registered professional nurse drive, and local volunteer healthcare professionals, this mobile health unit educates residents on health promotion and disease prevention and provides health and dental services, including care for acute and chronic illnesses to those who have little or no access to services.  The S.H.O.W. Mobile is a partnership between Southeast Missouri State University and Southeast Missouri Hospital.

The program has been in operation since 2006.