Committee Activities

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (hereinafter referred to as “the Committee”) convenes twice a year to examine pertinent issues that affect the health and well-being of rural Americans and to hear directly from rural stakeholders. Following each meeting, the Committee produces and sends policy briefs to the HHS Secretary with recommendations on policy or regulatory matters under the Secretary’s purview.

In addition to the policy briefs/reports, the Committee also provides its agendas, summaries, and secretarial correspondences from each meeting for the public’s viewing and dissemination.

2021 Meetings

October 25-27, 2021 - Online

Meeting Summary (PDF - 454 KB) 

Rural Emergency Hospital (PDF - 390 KB)

2020 Meetings

July 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET - Online

Meeting Summary (PDF - 251 KB) 

Read the Vision, Mission, and Values of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (PDF - 131 KB) 

March 2-4, 2020 - Atlanta, GA

Agenda (PDF - 134 KB) |  Meeting Summary (PDF - 190 KB) | Secretarial Correspondence (PDF - 113 KB)

Topics of Discussion:

Maternal and Obstetric Care Challenges in Rural America (PDF - 539 KB) | Policy Brief Webinar 
Rural HIV Prevention and Treatment Challenges (PDF - 654 KB) | Policy Brief Webinar 

During its 87th meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, the Committee examined maternal health and obstetric care challenges in rural America and rural HIV prevention and treatment. The rural HIV subcommittee traveled to Anniston, Alabama to visit a Ryan White program funded community based organization providing HIV medical care, education and support across 14 counties in East Alabama. The maternal care subcommittee members traveled to Macon, Georgia and Mercer School of Medicine and heard from health and human service providers that serve throughout Georgia, and discussed the challenges and opportunities to improve maternal health in the state.

*Forthcoming

2019 Meetings

September 9-11, 2019 – Washington, DC

Agenda (PDF - 138 KB)  | Meeting Summary (PDF - 361 KB) 

April 3-5, 2019 – Sacramento, California

Agenda (PDF - 249 KB) | Meeting Summary (PDF - 315 KB) | Secretarial Correspondence (PDF - 57 KB) 

Topics of Discussion:

For its 85th convening, the Committee examined cancer disparities and access to prevention for rural patients, and supportive services and caregiving for older rural Americans.

As part of the meeting, the Committee members conducted two site visits to rural communities. One subcommittee visited the Northern Valley Indian Health (NVIH) clinic in Willows, CA where challenges and opportunities to improve cancer care were discussed. Another subcommittee visited Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, CA and met with local community organizations and stakeholders to discuss support services for older rural adults.

*Forthcoming

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