The Outstanding Rural Volunteer Award was presented to Annie Kronk, Ph.D, who retired in 2001 as The Johns Hopkins University's director of state and local affairs and special assistant to the president, a position she held for nearly 20 years.This award is given to an individual for leadership, dedication, and noteworthy volunteer achievement beyond the call of one's professional duties Since her retirement, Annie spends much of her free time volunteering with the Rural Maryland Council, where she serves as First Vice Chair and Chair of the Health Care Working Committee.She remains active in the Maryland Rural Health Association, where she served on the board of directors for many years, and in numerous civic, church and community organizations.
Over the past 18 months, Annie
colleagues on the RMC's Health Care Working Committee and the Maryland Rural Health Association's
Legislative/Policy Committee in researching issues related to Medicare Part D
, the new federal prescription drug program and its impacts on Maryland's state pharmacy programs.Two well-received public forums on access and issues in medicines for Marylanders helped focus the health community on changes in state-funded pharmaceutical programs made during the 2005 Legislative Session.In addition, Annie
occasionally teaches courses in politics and policy, and regularly consults with higher education organizations and others on educational and rural health policy issues.She
has co-authored books and articles, and currently researches, writes, and consults regularly with the Maryland Association of Community Colleges