2017 National Rural Health Day

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What is National Rural Health Day?

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why over 60 million people – nearly one in five Americans – call them home. These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other and work together to benefit the greater good. They are also some of the best places to start a business and test your “entrepreneurial spirit.” These communities provide the rest of the country with a wealth of services and commodities, and they are the economic engine that has helped the United States become the world economic power it is today.

These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens. And rural hospitals – which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care – struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.

That is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November – November 16, 2017 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day. First and foremost, National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America. But it also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.

We know there is work to be done, but we also believe there is plenty to celebrate – and we invite you to join the celebration!

Together we can make a bigger impact!


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30 Minute Webinars on NRHD (Thursday, November 16th)

1:30-2:00pm CST – How to Help Policy Leaders Understand the Impact of Rural Health

Featuring: Andrew Coats, Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman and Maggie Elehwany JD, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Rural Health Association

2:30-3:00pm CST – The Five Characteristics Common to Thriving Rural Health Networks

Featuring: Kap Wilkes, Director of Program Development, National Rural Health Resource Center

3:30-4:00pm CST – Project C.L.E.A.N. | (Community Leaders Eliminating the Abuse of Narcotics) A Model for Physician Partnerships and Community Collaboration

Featuring: Emily Dilley, Director of Marketing, Columbus Community Hospital


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