Dixie State University honored for improving rural health

Dixie State University Medical Radiography students practice the skills they are learning in class to prepare for careers that will serve the community. Dixie State recently received the Rural Health Association of Utah’s Educational Initiative to Improve Rural Health award for enacting positive change in rural health within the community. Photo courtesy of Dixie State University


ST. GEORGE, Utah — The Rural Health Association of Utah recently honored Dixie State University with the Educational Initiative to Improve Rural Health award for enacting positive change in rural health within the community.

“It was an honor and a privilege for me to receive this award on behalf of President Richard “Biff” Williams, the University and the many people who have worked hard over the past several years to develop and manage programs designed to recruit students from rural areas into our health sciences program to prepare them for success,” Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Michael Lacourse said.

The association recognized Dixie State for increasing the number of students enrolled in DSU’s College of Health Sciences and making more opportunities available to these students.

“The dedication of the College of Health Sciences faculty made it possible for the University to receive this award from the Rural Health Association of Utah,” Williams said. “Thanks to their commitment, Dixie State University students have excellent certification and licensure exam pass rates, outstanding graduation rates and high employments rates upon program completion. These accomplishments allow competent and caring healthcare professionals to reach those most in need of their services.”

The College of Health Sciences at Dixie State not only prepares students for employment in healthcare professions but also trains them to lead by example and advocate for all patients. With programs in Certified Nursing Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Medical Services, Health & Human Performance, Medical Laboratory Science, Medical Radiography, Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, Phlebotomy, Respiratory Therapy and Surgical Technology, Dixie State’s College of Health Sciences is preparing a pipeline of students to join the healthcare workforce in Utah communities. Additionally, the College of Health Sciences features small class sizes in a state-of-the-art facility on the Dixie Regional Medical Center campus.

“We look forward to working collaboratively with rural health scholars in the future as we expand our health sciences degree programs and look for opportunities to provide access to students from rural areas to those health sciences,” Lacourse said.

The Rural Health Association of Utah unites those with an interest in rural health care including health care workers, community members, students and academicians.

To learn more about Dixie State University’s College of Health Sciences, visit health.dixie.edu.


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