Health group has busy year ahead educating new legislators about health needs of rural South Carolinians
Dr. Amy Brock Martin, deputy director of the S.C. Rural Health Research
Center, has been named 2008 Rural Educator of the Year and
president-elect of the S.C. Rural Health Association.
Martin, who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of rural
South Carolinians, was honored at the Health Associationís annual
conference in April.
Martin is an alumna of the University of South Carolina where she earned
her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Her DrPH is from the Arnold
School where she has a faculty appointment in the Department of Health
Services Policy and Management.
Amy Brock Martin
Before joining the S.C. Rural Health Research Center four years ago, she
was a program manager for the Office of Research and Statistics at the
State Budget and Control Board.
She also was associate director of the State Office of Rural Health
where she managed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant. Additionally
she was director of education for a rural hospital.
The S.C. Rural Health Association has more than 250 members, including
academics, public health professionals and health care providers such as
physicians, physiciansí assistants, nurses and nurse practitioners. The
S.C. Departments of Health and Environmental Control and Health and
Human Services also are members.
Martin said the associationís mission is to advocate for the needs of
rural residents and educate policymakers about the unique challenges and
opportunities of rural health care.
She said the educational mission is particularly important this year
because the upcoming election is expected to yield a number of new
legislators unfamiliar with rural health issues.