Harold E. Hughes Awards of Excellence

Annual Awards of the National Rural Institute on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
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A Message from the NRADAN, Inc., Board of Directors >>

Rural Advocates and Friends:

As we find ourselves in uncertain times with differing mandates from Federal, state, and local governments, living in rural America is good training for our current situation of stocking up and staying home or safely serving our clients. We know how to do that! Think: blizzard in North Dakota or flooding in Iowa. Rural folks maintain, and thrive, and we get it done.

Some challenges cannot be overcome, however, and our annual conference is running into those issues. The University of Wisconsin-Stout is not holding summer in-person classes, some staff is sheltering and teleworking, and the State of Wisconsin is following mandates not to gather in groups over 10. The current timeline of the Governor’s mandate is indefinite, and until the end of the public-health crisis, we cannot be certain when that order will be lifted. Pandemics don’t conform to our lives, it appears.

Decisions about the Institute must be made earlier rather than later, due to many factors including already-incurred costs, speaker schedules, and an unknown immediate future, and our Planning and Executive Committees this week made the tough, heartbreaking decision to cancel the 2020 National Rural Institute. We will provide future guidance on scholarships, awards, and the 2021 Institute, but we wanted you to know as soon as possible so you can update your budgets and your work schedules. We are saddened, as “the Rural” is such a large part of our lives – and yours. Caring for our communities and ourselves is paramount right now.

Some good news: The NRADAN Board decided at its retreat in August to rebrand the Institute; it will now be called the “National Rural Institute on Alcohol, Drugs, and Addictions” to honor all those we serve. Look for more information soon!

As with all things, we will survive this, and we will be stronger for it. Our rural innovative ideas and work ethic can be used in this time of national crisis, and our “Rural Institute Spirit” can help our families and local communities get through the uncertainty and tragedy of this pandemic. We are all working to help our neighbors – by staying home! – and by donating, by serving our clients, and by inventing new ways to congregate. In the end, we will be there, having made our nation stronger through our grit and wisdom. We believe this!

We will see you June 20-24, 2021 – stay strong, and please let us know if we can do anything to help. The NRADAN Board will continue to meet and to plan for our future. Ideas are always welcome! Thank you for ALL you do. 

With every good wish,

NRADAN, Inc. Board of Directors,

Mike Early                                   Joe Amico
Christy Alten-Osmera                 Bill Beaton
Paul Mladnick                             James Swarthout
Dee Owens                                 Dianne Sullivan

Event Status update: 3.23.20: Canceled.

Save the Date for next year - June 20-24, 2021

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Nominate for an Award

Submit a nomination for the Harold E. Hughes Awards of Excellence
Nomination Form

Nominations Due: March 1 DEADLINE EXTENDED: March 10, 2020

Harold E. Hughes Awards Luncheon

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at the Harold E. Hughes Awards luncheon, awards will be presented for the outstanding rural professional, rural program and rural community.

Nominees are being accepted for the following four Harold E. Hughes Awards of Excellence award categories:

Exceptional Rural Professional Award

This award is given annually to a rural professional who exemplifies outstanding contribution to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field. This person works without seeking recognition for their efforts and does so tirelessly for those who suffer the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.

Exceptional Rural Program Award

This award is given annually to a rural professional who exemplifies outstanding contribution to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field. This program works without seeking recognition for their efforts and does so tirelessly for those who suffer the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.

Exceptional Rural Community Award

This award is given annually to a rural community that exemplifies outstanding contribution to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field. This community has established exceptional services to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field that helps to improve the lives of those who suffer the effects of alcohol and drug abuse

Exceptional Service Responsiveness to Rural Issues and Needs

This award is given annually to a person, program, or agency that exemplifies outstanding contribution to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field. This nominee does not have to be from the rural population, yet they have to have established exceptional responsiveness to the rural alcohol and drug abuse field that helps to improve the lives of those who suffer the effects of alcohol and drug abuse.