Nebraska Doctor receives National Citizenship Award -- Dr. Amanda McKinney honored by the Center for Rural Affairs

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Virginia Meyer,, Center for Rural Affairs, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 100
or Elisha Smith,, Center for Rural Affairs, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

Lyons, NE The Center for Rural Affairs presented its 2013 Citizenship Award to Dr. Amanda McKinney, an Obstetrician/Gynecologist practicing in Beatrice, Nebraska. She was honored at a special awards banquet February 10 at the Nielsen Community Center in West Point, Nebraska. The Citizenship Award is given annually to an individual or individuals who actively participate in the democratic process for creating public policy, and who work closely with the Center for Rural Affairs to advance public policies that strengthen family farms, ranches and rural communities.

“I firmly believe that all humans have the right to clean air, clean water, healthy food, basic medical care and a habitable planet,” stated Dr. Amanda McKinney. “Because I believe these things, it would be wrong for me to sit idly by. So, I speak out hoping that others will listen. For me, it is what I can do to be an active member of the human community.”

According to Virginia Meyer with Center for Rural Affairs, Dr. McKinney is a strong supporter of the Center for Rural Affairs, speaking in support of improvements to rural health care. She wrote letters to the editor in support of expanding the Medicaid program in our state and creating an effective health insurance exchange. She also authored newspaper guest opinions in collaboration with Center staff on health care issues. In addition to health care, Dr. McKinney is passionate about the environment and developing our wind resources. She attended gatherings organized by the Center for Rural Affairs on wind development and beginning farmer and rancher issues.

“Dr. McKinney has been a tremendous advocate for rural Nebraska and for those that call rural Nebraska home. She has stepped beyond her medical practice to advocate for rural people and for rural communities. It is that caring commitment to rural America and going the extra mile to advocate for rural that defines our Citizenship Award. Rural America depends on citizens like Dr. McKinney to do what they can to make rural communities stronger. That is our mission and we are proud to honor Dr. McKinney and all she has done,” said Jon Bailey, Director of the Rural Public Policy Program at the Center for Rural Affairs.

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(Pictures courtesy of the Center for Rural Affairs)