WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – Local physician, Dr. Donovan “Dino” Beckett was named the National Rural Health Association’s (NHRA) Rural Health Practitioner of the Year.
In a press release issued Tuesday, Alan Moran, NRHA CEO issued a statement regarding the recipients of this year’s awards.
“We’re especially proud of this year’s winners,” says Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO. “They have each already made tremendous strides to advance rural health care, and we’re confident they will continue to help improve the lives of rural Americans.”
Beckett was honored during the NRHA’s 40th Annual Rural Health Conference. The Rural Health conference brought together more than 800 rural health professionals and students in San Diego.
The press release also included a brief biography which is listed below.
C. Donovan Beckett, DO, is NRHA’s Rural Health Practitioner of the Year. Dr. Beckett, known to many as ‘Dino,’ was born and raised in Williamson, W.Va., and graduated from Williamson High School. He returned home in 2003 to serve his community after graduating from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. He opened a family practice in his home town and joined efforts to reinvigorate the community through his clinic. Many of Dr. Beckett’s patients had little or no insurance, so he started hosting a free clinic one day a month—then several days a week. This led to his decision to transition to a non-profit federally qualified health center.
The Williamson Health and Wellness Center, located in a renovated building downtown, is the parent organization of the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition and Williamson Farmer’s Market. Dr. Beckett and his staff prescribe healthy eating with vegetable prescriptions filled on site and follow-ups with diabetes educators and community health workers in the same location to improve coordinated care and health outcomes. Thanks in part to these efforts; Williamson, W.Va. was awarded one of six Culture of Health Prizes from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014.
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