College of Public Health

Michael Meit Elected to NRHA Rural Health Congress


Mike Meit

Michael Meit, Director of Research and Programs for the East Tennessee State University Center for Rural Health Research, has been elected by the National Rural Health Association’s Rural Health Congress. The Rural Health Congress is the policy-making body of the National Rural Health Association, responsible for developing the association's positions on public policy.  Elected representatives from the association's constituency groups, State Association Council, State Office Council, issue groups, and officers serve on the Congress, giving broad grassroots representation that reflects the expertise and passion of NRHA's membership.  

“It has been an honor to serve NRHA in a variety of capacities over the years, and I look forward to serving on the Rural Health Congress”, stated Meit.  “Throughout my over 20 years of membership, I continue to be impressed by the association’s commitment to serving rural communities, and their bipartisan approach to making sure the needs of rural residents are front and center with policy makers and agency leaders.”

Housed within ETSU’s College of Public Health, the Center for Rural Health Research works to fulfill its mission of engaging rural communities to advance health and improve quality of life. The Center conducts studies that are local, regional, statewide and national in scope, for partners that include the state of Tennessee, Ballad Health System, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and the Health Resources and Services Administration.

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and well-being of rural Americans and provide leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education, and research. NRHA’s membership is made up of more than 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations that share the common bond of an interest in rural health.