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CHA’s Peggy Broussard Wheeler Appointed to National Advisory Committee on Rural Health

Peggy Broussard Wheeler, CHA’s vice president, rural health and governance, has been invited to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. The committee serves as an independent advisory body to the Department of Health and Human Services on issues related to how the department and its programs serve rural communities. Committee members offer a broad array of expertise in everything from rural-focused health programs to rural social services and rural economic development. As a committee member, Wheeler will be responsible for helping to analyze key rural issues under the purview of the Secretary of Health and Human Services and submitting recommendations for possible solutions.

“Rural hospitals provide economic stability in small communities, anchoring many other vital services to support and sustain access to care for rural residents,” Wheeler said. “The next several years will be a time of tremendous change for rural hospitals faced with significant policy and regulatory changes. I am honored to participate with this group of nationally recognized experts to articulate that rural and critical access hospitals are essential to preserving health and health care delivery in rural communities.”

Wheeler’s responsibilities at CHA include developing, advocating and executing public policies, legislation and regulations on behalf of small and rural hospitals at the state and national levels. In addition, she serves as the issue manager for language access, governance, prison and homeless issues. Previously, she served as health policy analyst for the California Legislative Rural Caucus, where she conducted research and provided analyses of relevant issues that affect individuals, families and communities in rural California. She holds a master’s of public health degree in program/clinic administration from the University of California, Berkeley.