State Rep. LeAnne Burch of Monticello recently received the Advocacy Award from the Community Health Centers of Arkansas.

The award honors a person committed to advocating policies, regulations and legislation that contribute to a positive impact on health care and community health centers..

A native of DeWitt, Burch started her legal career in the U.S. Army, serving as Commander of the Army Reserve Legal Command. In 2002, she joined the Office of Chief Counsel with the Arkansas Department of Human Services where she worked as a child and adult welfare legal specialist for more than 12 years.

Burch represents District 8 in the state House. The district includes approximately two-thirds of Ashley and Drew counties in Southeast Arkansas.

“Rep. Burch is an advocate for health care. She has deep commitment to our area and strives to ensure that the people of our community are provided with what they need,” according to an excerpt from a letter nominating her for the award. “She takes pride in doing what is right and not what is popular. She is deserving of this recognition.”