STATEHOUSE (July 20, 2016) — The Indiana Rural Health Association recently named State Rep. Bob Heaton (R-Terre Haute) Legislator of the Year for his work to improve the health of Hoosiers in rural settings.
Heaton was presented the Advocacy Award at IRHA’s 19th Annual Conference in French Lick. The Advocacy Award recognizes an outstanding individual who provided support for the cause of improving rural health.
“I remain passionate and attentive to the needs of rural counties in Indiana,” Heaton said. “Growing up in a rural area made me more aware of the challenges these communities face and I will continue do my very best to advocate on their behalf.”
Heaton said he suffered a farming accident as a child, which almost cost him his left arm. This accident exposed him early on to the challenges faced by rural practitioners.
Heaton supported legislation and amendments to bills to benefit rural health-care providers, including a new law helping to remove undue burdens on physician assistants’ ability to practice in Indiana.
The organization’s mission is to enhance the health and well-being of rural populations in Indiana through leadership, education, advocacy, collaboration and resource development.
Rep. Heaton (R-Terre Haute) represents House District 46, which
includes portions of Clay, Monroe, Owen and Vigo counties.
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LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR: State Rep. Bob Heaton (middle) receives the Legislator of the Year award from Indiana Rural Health Association’s Executive Director, Don Kelso (left) and Board President Tom Liddell (right) during the organization’s 19th annual conference in French Lick. Heaton (R-Terre Haute) was recognized for his outstanding advocacy for improving rural health in Indiana.