Denise Adame completed a summer internship with the NRHA, a nonprofit organization in Washington, D.C. The NRHA works to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and to make an impact on local communities.
Denise assisted with several influential initiatives, including the Border Health Initiative where she developed evaluation tools for community health worker training programs along the U.S./Mexico border. Denise also assisted with a proposal to create an International Rural Health Task Force to explore the potential for the NRHA to engage in international rural health efforts.
Denise was also selected soon following the completion of her internship as a new representative for NRHA’s student constituency group that provides input and creates dialogue about rural health, workforce and policy. As one of the student constituency representatives, she is now a member of NRHA’s Rural Health Congress, the policy-making body of the organization that determines their positions on public policy through a series of policy briefs and issue papers. In addition she has been subcontracted by NRHA to complete evaluations she began during her internship.
“The NRHA provided me an excellent opportunity to further develop my leadership, communication and networking skills through collaborations with representatives in Washington D.C., the National Rural Task Force and state rural health associations,” states Adame.