Advisory Committee

The Delta Region Community Health Systems Development (DRCHSD) Program Advisory Committee advises The National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center) on all aspects of rural health care unique to the Delta Region. 

AC members will inform the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) and The Center of key issues impacting the communities, provision of technical assistance services, and development of resources. AC input provides strategic direction and implementation of objectives of the technical assistance and will provide feedback for program effectiveness.

The AC serves by providing The Center with their professional expertise and information gathered through feedback helps ensure the technical assistance is responsive to the current needs of local communities and identifies emerging trends.

The Advisory Committee will share their insight and advise on the following topics:

  • Rural health policy
  • Financial distress factors
  • Issues in health care quality
  • Rural health care coordination
  • Access to care including the implementation of telehealth technology
  • Identification of problems with the delivery of health care
  • Emergency medical services
  • Identification of problems in rural health care workforce including the education, training, recruitment and retention of health care providers
  • Any other matters relating to rural health care

Advisory Committee Members

Name Organization
Michael Meit East Tennessee State University Center for Rural Health
Trisha Eleyae Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
Mellie Bridewell Arkansas Rural Health Partnership
John Supplitt American Hospital Association
Pat Schou Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
Brock Slabach National Rural Health Association
Ernie Scott Kentucky State Office of Rural Health
Joshua Gilmore Iron County Medical Center
Melissa VanDyne Missouri Rural Health Association
Cassandra Williams Hope Credit Union Enterprise Corporation
Christina Wade Delta Regional Authority 
Rachel Moscato Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Suzanne Snyder Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Jason Leger Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Nancy Rios Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs 
Richard Overcast Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs 
Richard Summers University of Mississippi Medical Center 
Denae Herbert Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals 


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $10,000,000 with 100% funded by HRSA/HHS and $0 amount and 0% funded by non-government sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by HRSA/HHS, or the U.S. Government.