Rural Health Care Quality Researcher Wins Calico Leadership Award

July 2018
National Rural Health Resource Center (The Center)

Ira Moscovice, Mayo Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health and Primary Investigator of the Flex Monitoring Team (FMT), was awarded the 2018 Calico Leadership Award at the State Flex Program Reverse Site Visit held July 17-18 in Washington DC. 

The Calico Leadership Award is presented annually by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center, as well as TASC’s national advisory committee, to an outstanding rural health leader. The Calico Award was created in honor of long-time rural health leader, Dr. Forest Calico, for his life-long commitment to improving the quality of rural health. This year’s award was presented to Dr. Moscovice for his outstanding leadership, guidance and dedication towards improving the quality of health care in rural America. Dr. Moscovice has more than 40 years of experience conducting rural health research. He has served as the principal investigator for numerous rural health projects, written extensively on issues related to rural health quality with over 130 peer-reviewed publications.  

Dr. Moscovice has served on numerous rural health and health services research and policy advisory committees for federal agencies and private foundations. These include those sponsored by the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine, the Joint Commission, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, AHRQ, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

“Ira Moscovice has been the national leader in rural hospital quality research for decades. He has also had a significant impact on federal rural health policy, and has made major contributions to the improvement of health care in rural communities nationally,” commented Terry Hill, Senior Advisor for Rural Health Leadership and Policy of the National Rural Health Resource Center, in presenting the award.  

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