Senator Yaw Receives “Legislator of the Year” Award

HARRISBURG – Senator Gene Yaw (R-23) today was named the 2015 Legislator of the Year by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health.  Senator Yaw received his award at a ceremony in Williamsport from Lisa Davis, Director of the Office of Rural Health.

The award recognizes an outstanding Pennsylvania legislator for their work and support of rural health initiatives that address an identified need in their district or across the state.

Senator Yaw was recognized for the substantial contribution he has made to rural health in Pennsylvania in his role as the Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania.  As chairman, he organized and hosted a series of public hearings (July-August 2014, 2015) on the heroin epidemic facing Pennsylvania.

The public hearings, as well as the report released by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania entitled Heroin: Combating this Growing Epidemic in Pennsylvania, have been a milestone in generating awareness and support to combat this growing epidemic.

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health (PORH) works with local state and federal partners to achieve equity in, and access to, quality health care for Pennsylvania’s rural residents. It strives to be the premier rural health leadership organization in the state and one of the most effective State Offices of Rural Health in the nation.

Rita Zielonis, Chief of Staff
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