Awards and Social Session

(1) Continental Breakfast Buffet and NARMH Membership Meeting

Thursday, September 7, 2017 7:15 AM - 8:15 AM

Non-members as well as members are encouraged to join us for our annual membership meeting luncheon. This year, our membership meeting will highlight some of NARMH’s advocacy work as well as a few of the projects.

(2) Awards Luncheon – Howery Award, Going to Bat, Rural Arts, and Ann Schumacher Awards

Thursday, September 7, 2017 12:10 PM - 2:10 PM

The Victor I. Howery Memorial Award is given each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to the rural mental health field. This year the Howery Award will be given to Rick Peterson. Rick has demonstrated a dedication to rural America and rural mental health. His academic career is uniquely focused upon rural people and improving rural lives at the very core component: families and parenting. His work every day supports rural people to improve rural living.

The Going to Bat Award is given to an individual who has been a strong voice and advocate for rural mental health. The Going to Bat Award will be given to Alan Morgan. In his role as the CEO of the National Rural Health Association, Alan has been steadfast in keeping behavioral health a part of the overall rural health policy discussion and advocacy. He has always "been there" when NARMH needed a partner. From integrating NARMH into the NRHA Rural Health Policy Institute, to reaching out to seek NARMH input on emerging and pressing rural health policy issues, Alan has been a friend of rural mental health and NARMH. He's exactly the sort of friend we want to carry NARMH's big bat!

The Ann Schumacher Rural Clinical Practice Award is presented to an experienced practitioner who has demonstrated excellence, innovation, professional development and who has worked with domestic violence. Ray Droby will be given the Ann Schumacher Award in recognition of his commitment to provide behavioral health care in underserved areas of Home, Alaska, and its 15 surrounding native villages. Ray has invested his career in building resources, connections and future promise for improved access to behavioral health services. He has provided mental health services for more than 20 years to these villages and travels on small planes, ATVs, and snow machines to deliver direct patient care. Ray’s career has focused on providing the best mental health services despite significant challenges not often faced in the lower 48 states.

The Rural Arts Award is given annually to honor the life-long contributions of Peter G. (Pete) Beeson to both rural mental health and the rural arts. From rancher to NHL goaltender in both the United States and Canada, Clint Malarchuk has dedicated his life to rural mental health advocacy. His work ethic, transparency and passion serve as benchmarks for all those seeking to improve their emotional and psychological wellbeing. Clint is receiving this award for his book "A Matter of Inches: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond" as it serves to deliver a message to reduce the stigma associated seeking treatment especially those in rural areas.

(3) Networking at Local Restaurants

Thursday, September 7, 2017 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Meet in the lobby to travel together to local restaurants to network.

(4) Closing Session: Next Steps and Door Prizes

Friday, September 8, 2017 4:40 PM - 5:00 PM

We will ask our conference participants to review the high points of the meeting, identify the areas of strongest interest and importance, and take these suggestions to lay the path for NARMH's 44th annual conference.