Ann K. Peton
Ms. Ann K. Peton, MPH
Is the Director of the National Center for Rural Health Works and the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data (NCAHD) both located in Blacksburg, Virginia. She became the new Director for NCRHW in 2017 after the retirement of our founder Dr. Gerald Doeksen.
With over 30 years’ experience working with local, state and national entities and individuals regarding geographic information systems (GIS) applications and usage, Ms. Peton established NCAHD in order to create and provide the most complete and consistent set of healthcare workforce data and mapping tools in the nation for physicians and seventeen other non-physician healthcare providers. Successful partnerships with AMA, AOA, HRSA, and many other healthcare centers, national provider organizations and other stakeholders have affirmed NCAHD as a leader in support healthcare research, hospital network planning, grant writing, and advocacy concerning healthcare workforce policy issues
Ryan M. Hutchinson
Mr. Ryan M. Hutchinson, M.S Econ
Ryan M. Hutchinson serves as the Associate Director of the National Center for Rural Health Works (NCRHW). In this position, Mr. Hutchinson completes health and development economics research and develops tools that provide support to rural health stakeholders. Also, Mr. Hutchinson also provides support to the National Center for the Analysis of Healthcare Data on research pertaining to healthcare workforce development and workforce economic impact. Since his time at NCRHW, he has helped to establish and create an online interactive economic impact tool that provides rural health stakeholders with an estimated economic impact report. Currently, Mr. Hutchinson is spearheading research with NCRHW on how access to care influences health determinants in the Appalachian region. He earned his Master’s Degree in Economics from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.