In order to foster a greater understanding of rural-specific policies, regulations, and needs in the field of healthcare, a new credential has been established with the Mississippi Rural Health Association to empower and educate members. These credentials, the Mississippi Rural Health Fellow (MRHF) and the Mississippi Rural Health Student Fellow (MRHSF), are established to reward healthcare professionals in their efforts to become experts in rural health matters.
Credentials as an MRHF and MRHSF is a great honor that comes with hard work, study, and a dedication to improving the health of rural Mississippians.
Criteria for the two certification types is as follows:
Mississippi Rural Health Fellow (MRHF)
This credential is designed for healthcare professionals with experience in rural Mississippi who have dedicated themselves to study, coursework, and improvement of their respective communities.
- Three year credential
- Must have at least 3 years or rural-specific professional experience
- Must complete a minimum of 75 hours of MRHF continuing education over the three-year period previous to application.
- Must complete a Quality Improvement Project. This project must create a benefit specific to one’s respective community in rural Mississippi and must be presented in written format (a project paper). The project paper must be a minimum of 4 pages, use supporting literature or research, and contain results from the project. Past projects coupled with updated results are allowed for renewal.
Mississippi Rural Health Student Fellow (MRHSF)
This credential is designed for students in various healthcare disciplines that have a desire to live and work in rural areas and who have dedicated themselves to rural-specific coursework and experience. This credential is for students or recent graduates who have not yet gained three years of professional experience.
- Three year credential
- No previous rural professional experience is required
- Must complete a minimum of 75 hours of MRHF continuing education over the three year period previous to application. This may include coursework that is rural in nature and/or equivalent time during internships / residencies in rural Mississippi.
- Must complete a Quality Improvement Project. This project must create a benefit specific to one’s respective community in rural Mississippi and must be presented in written format (a project paper). The project paper must be between 8-10 pages, use supporting literature or research, and contain results from the project. Similar presentations submitted during the student’s coursework are allowed.
About the Credential Process
The Mississippi Rural Health Association’s education committee will oversee all applications and credentials for quality assurance.
The credential process is a self-report system. Applicants will track their own CEU’s and will submit evidence of the required coursework in addition to their project reports and evidence of experience at the time of application / recertification.
The MRHF certification requires a $100 application / credential fee, while the MRHSF certification requires a $25 application fee.
Individuals with both the MRHF and MRHSF certifications will receive notification when their credential period is within six months of expiring, so that they may gather the necessary information for recertification.
Applications and credentialing will be handled only through the Mississippi Rural Health Association’s website. Apply today
Why Obtain Your MRHF and/or MRHSF Credential?
Obtaining a credential through the Mississippi Rural Health Association is an excellent way to market yourself as a certified rural professional in Mississippi. As the only known credential available in the nation for rural health, the MRHF and MRHSF credentials will demonstrate to employers and colleagues alike that you have experience, dedication, and a history of success in leading and improving rural health.
The Association will connect credentialed professionals with events and networking activities throughout the year in order to foster greater working relationships. These opportunities would be open only to certified professionals.
In addition, press releases will be sent throughout Mississippi in order to advertise and promote each member that has obtained this credential at both the MRHF and MRHSF levels. This will occur throughout the year as well as other more direct communication to employers and peer-organizations in order to reinforce the value of the credential.
Who has the MRHF and MRHSF Credential?
A current listing of Mississippi professionals and students with the new MRHF and MRHSF credential (respectively) may be found by clicking here.