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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services


NACRHHS Alum Appointed to White House Task Force

Dr. Octavio Martinez, former NACRHHS member, was appointed to the White House COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force. Dr. Martinez is the Executive Director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin. He served as a member of NACRHHS from 2015-2019.

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS or the Committee) advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services on health care challenges in rural America.

The Committee is an independent advisory group representing a public-private partnership focused on the provision of health care in rural areas.


Read the NACRHHS Charter (PDF - 161 KB)


The Committee's 21 members serve overlapping four-year terms and have expertise in a wide range of rural health and human services issues.

Former Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer, MD, is the Chair of the Committee.

Read Committee Member Biographies.

Nomination Process

The Committee accepts nominations for new members on a rolling basis throughout the year. 

Nominees should have:
• Experience with rural health and/or human service issues;
• An understanding of legislative and regulatory policy environments; and
• Experience working on rural health policy issues at the local, state and regional level

Learn more about the nomination process.

Contact Us

National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
c/o Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-0835
(301) 443-2803 (fax)

Executive Secretary - Email Sahi Rafiullah

Administrative Coordinator - Email Steve Hirsch

Date Last Reviewed:  March 2021