Idaho Rural Health Hero Award

The Idaho Rural Health Association honors and gives a personal voice to rural people, providers, advocates and communities across Idaho. Nominations for the annual Rural Health Heroes Award point to shining examples of service and dedication to the people who call rural Idaho home.

Honoring those who live in and work for and rural Idaho brings much needed attention to these facts:

  • Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work.
  • Rural Idaho’s health professionals, hospitals and clinics are dedicated to delivering high quality and innovative care to the underserved.
  • Collaboration is crucial to address the barriers and disparities that remain.

2017 Award Winner

This year’s winner is Katrina Hoff, director of the Idaho Area Health Education Center. She is recognized for her collaboration and innovation efforts in securing grant funding to grow the program from one statewide center based in Boise, to three regional centers in north, southeast and southwest Idaho.

Rural Health Hero Nomination

As the director of Idaho’s Area Health Education Center (AHEC), Katrina has been instrumental in the successful grant application to develop two new AHECs in Idaho. 

Until September 2017, Idaho historically had one AHEC, based in Boise with a staff of less than 1 FTE.  With Idaho’s significant physician workforce shortage, the great need for AHEC expansion in Idaho was recognized by numerous stakeholders, including the Governor’s Health Professions Education Council. 

Katrina worked with stakeholders around the state and University of Washington on this grant and the application was successful, there are now three AHECs in Idaho: SE Idaho AHEC in Pocatello, North Idaho AHEC in Moscow and now the SW Idaho AHEC in Boise.

Katrina has been a leader in the state for rural health and primary care issues, including strengthening the health professions pipeline in Idaho.  She is widely respected by numerous stakeholders throughout the state and by the medical community.  As a member of the board of directors and Treasurer for the IRHA, she volunteers her time and energy for rural issues throughout our state.

Join Us in Congratulating Katrina!


Idaho Rural Health Association * PO Box 2012 * Eagle, Idaho 83616 * idahorha@gmail.com

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