Roseville, CA, September 22, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- Gail Nickerson is the Director of Rural Health Services at Adventist Health in Roseville, California, where she oversees more than 60 rural health clinics in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. With over 30 years of experience in the rural healthcare industry as a health systems consultant and outpatient clinic administrator, she is a proven expert in her field and an active leader in the community who works regularly with nonprofit organizations and has been recognized internationally for her achievements. Mrs. Nickerson’s areas of expertise are Healthcare Management and Consulting, Community Outreach, Leadership Development, Program Management, Public Health, and Public Speaking.
Mrs. Nickerson is highly regarded as both a leader and a pioneer in the field of rural health issues and a dedicated advocate for the rural people of California. Her knowledge about rural policy and genuine passion for helping the country’s rural residents is unmatched. Mrs. Nickerson has attended high-level meetings in Washington on behalf of rural health clinic issues, and, through her leadership, promotes collaboration between the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC). Above all, she wants to serve and empower the underserved and underinsured to make sure they have access to the best healthcare possible and the opportunity to live the greatest quality of life.
Mrs. Nickerson is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of the NARHC and the Founder and Board President of the California Association of Rural Health Clinics (CARHC). She is also the Vice Chair of the NRHA Rural Health Congress, a Board Member and Past President of the California State Rural Health Association (CSRHA), and a Co-Chair of the California Hospital Association (CHA)’s Hospital-Based Outpatient Clinics Committee. Mrs. Nickerson has served on the NRHA Board of Trustees as the Rural Health Clinic Constituency Group Chair and on the California Mental Health Planning Council as Chair. She is also a member of the California Commission on Aging (CCoA), appointed by Governor Jerry Brown.
Mrs. Nickerson attributes the success she has experienced throughout her career to her integrity, passion, pursuit of excellence, and strength in the face of challenges, as well as the way she has always treated others with respect and kindness. In 2013, Mrs. Nickerson received the NRHA’s President’s Award “for being a leader and driving force in enhancing the quality of life for rural Americans.” In 2012, she received the NARHC’s Ron Nelson Award “for outstanding leadership, dedication, and commitment to the advancement of rural health clinics,” and the CHA’s Certificate of Distinction “for her voluntary efforts in connection with rural health clinics and outpatient clinics.” She was also a recipient of the CSRHA’s 2010 Rural Champion for Community Leadership Award.
Mrs. Nickerson received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 1970 and attended a Professional Program in Education at Notre Dame University in Nelson, British Columbia. Additionally, she received an Educational Technology Certificate from Sonoma State University.
In her free time, Mrs. Nickerson enjoys photography.