HRSA celebrated National Rural Health Day on November 16 with several events and activities that highlighted the positive efforts of health care providers, communities, and organizations working to improve health in rural America. This year's theme was "Innovation in Rural Health Care Delivery."
HRSA Administrator Carole Johnson participated in a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)-hosted roundtable with HHS Deputy Secretary Andrea Palm, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Mandy Cohen, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicare Dr. Meena Seshamani, and leading health care partners that highlighted federal initiatives to improve rural health. Read about HRSA's rural efforts and the Biden-Harris Administration's actions to support rural hospitals, bolster the rural health workforce, and improve behavioral health in rural areas.
Other HRSA-sponsored events included a virtual job fair and discussions about workforce recruitment and retention, maternal health, and the latest in rural research.
HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Associate Administrator Tom Morris hosted a Federal Rural Partners webinar on innovations in rural health care delivery. Representatives from CDC, CMS, the Indian Health Service (IHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Veterans Affairs discussed innovative programs and best practices for improving access to health services in rural communities.
Associate Administrator Morris also took part in a 50th anniversary event for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Rural Health, in recognition of it as the first State Office of Rural Health in the nation.