The UVCNP is co-directed by Laurie Harding, MS, RN, a nurse with extensive practice and teaching experience in the community, and Robert M. Rufsvold, MD, a board certified family physician. The UVCNP is also affiliated with many groups to promote the goals of the project.
Laurie Harding, MS, RN
Laurie Harding holds a masters degree from Boston University in community health nursing. She has extensive direct care/care management experience and administrative home care experience, which she obtained through her work with an area Visiting Nurse and Hospice organization. Her teaching experience involves patients/clients, nursing students, and staff (non-medical and medical) with whom she has worked. She currently provides consultative services for Armistead Senior Care, a non-medical home care agency that offers personal care services to frail elders. She has served in the New Hampshire legislature for five terms, most recently as the vice chair of the Health and Human Services committee, where her policy interests included the challenges associated with aging in community. She chaired the Long Term Care subcommittee of the Health and Human Service Oversight committee and currently chairs the NH Commission on the Primary Care Workforce. Laurie is a member of the Granite United Way Women’s Leadership Council, is on the board of directors of Headrest, and is a member of the Advisory Council of the New Hampshire Endowment for Health.
Robert M. Rufsvold, MD
“Dr. Bob” Rufsvold has been a successful family physician for more than 40 years. Bob graduated from Dartmouth Medical School in 1979 and completed his Family Practice residency in Los Angeles. For 20 years he was the family physician in Lyme, NH, where he also founded and directed the New England Center for Integrative Health, the Wellspring Foundation of New England and the Wellspring Cancer Help Program. He held a faculty appointment at Dartmouth Medical School for many years. From 2001 to 2006, he worked with Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen as associate director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness in California. Since 2006, he has worked in the field of global health, serving in Liberia, Ethiopia, Chad, Afghanistan and Libya with Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), the International Medical Corps and the International Rescue Committee. In 2014, he co-founded RESTORE HOPE: LIBERIA and currently serves as a senior advisor to the program. His past service has included work in hospice and palliative care; he served as Medical Director of the Lyme Home Health Agency, and also Hospice of the Upper Valley for many years.
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