The Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee (VRHAC) consists of 12 appointed Members and 3 appointed Ex Officio members, appointed by the Secretary of the VA. The VRHAC is tasked with examining ways to enhance health care services for Veterans in rural areas. The Committee, chaired by Terry Schow, retired executive director of the Utah Department of Veterans Affairs; rural health experts in academia; state and Federal rural health professionals; state-level Department of Veterans Affairs officials; and leaders of Veterans Service Organizations.
The VRHAC examines ways to improve and enhance VA services for enrolled Veterans residing in rural areas through the evaluation of current program activities within VA and the identification of barriers to providing services. The Committee works in collaboration with the VA Office of Rural Health (ORH) to discuss programs and policies that impact the provision of VA health care services to Veterans in rural areas. The VRHAC hosts a minimum of two face-to-face meetings a year and provides a written summary of committee activities to the VA Secretary on an annual basis.