November 17, 2021
The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) sets aside the third Thursday of November to celebrate the power of rural on National Rural Health Day in partnership with the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.
As a founding member of the Rural Health Action Alliance, NRHA has signed a letter in support of the Rural Health Equity Act to establish an Office of Rural Health within the CDC. The bill would ensure the nation’s premiere health promotion, prevention, and preparedness agency prioritizes addressing the unique health care challenges and inequities faced by rural communities across America.
The association will also coordinate the introduction of a bipartisan congressional resolution on Thursday to support the goals and ideals of National Rural Health Day. HR1200 will recognize in the 117th Congress the 60 million hard-working Americans living in rural communities and the barriers they face accessing necessary health care services.
NRHA leadership is participating in several sessions and speaking engagements in support of National Rural Health Day including:
- NRHA CEO Alan Morgan spoke yesterday at the Arizona Rural Health Association telehealth webinar
- NRHA Chief Policy Officer Carrie Cochran-McClain will participate in a Twitter chat at noon CST Nov. 17 hosted by Rural Health Information Hub
- NRHA Chief Operations Officer Brock Slabach will speak in person at 7:30 a.m. CST Nov. 18 at the Rural Health Association of Tennessee Annual Conference
- Slabach will also speak virtually at 11:10 a.m. CST Nov. 18 to the Accreditation Commission on Health Care
- Slabach will also speak virtually at 2:30 p.m. CST Nov. 18 at the Mississippi Rural Health Conference
- Morgan will also speak in person at 2:45 p.m. CST Nov. 18 at the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network annual conference
NRHA encourages all rural health stakeholders to celebrate National Rural Health Day by participating in these and more opportunities this week. Be sure to further these efforts by joining NRHA’s current advocacy campaigns and registering for the association’s 33rd Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 8-10 in Washington, D.C.