Rachel Gonzales Hanson of Uvalde, TX, is a beloved member of the health center family and a force to be reckoned with when it comes to expertise in rural community health issues. That’s why we’re tickled the CEO of Community Health Development, Inc. (CHDI) is finally getting some notice for all her hard work in community health. First, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake has tapped her to sit on a new Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee that will advise him on health care issues affecting veterans in rural areas. “This distinguished panel includes strong advocates for the needs of VA patients in rural areas,” Peake said. “This is an important step in expanding access to VA’s world-class health care system for veterans.” Second, the local newspaper the Uvalde Leader News recently praised the accomplishments of CHDI) in providing affordable health and dental care to adults, children and the elderly, of Uvalde, TX.