Rosemary McKenzie’s passion for rural health and dedication to multicultural and multiracial populations were unparalleled. Rosemary served as the National Rural Health Association’s minority liaison and program services manager in the Kansas City, Mo., office for 27 years. She died in 2011 due to complications from pancreatic cancer.
To carry on Rosemary McKenzie’s legacy and honor her memory, the National Rural Health Association has established the Rosemary McKenzie Legacy Award to be presented annually during the Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference, a conference she predominantly and passionately coordinated.
NRHA is looking for individuals who have mobilized their communities and have dedicated their lives to improving the health of multiracial and multicultural populations in the same spirit as Rosemary. The criteria for nominees include the following:
- Demonstrated track record for securing funds to improve rural health access for multiracial and multicultural populations;
- Demonstrated track record for mobilizing partnerships to improve rural health access for multiracial and multicultural populations; and
- Demonstrated passion for working to improve rural health access for multiracial and multicultural populations.
Rosemary’s lifelong passion for improving multicultural and multiracial health has inspired many to become more involved in their communities to increase awareness of multiracial and multicultural health issues. This award will be given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution of major significance in improving multicultural and multiracial health.