The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services 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 one or more policy briefs with recommendations and delivers them to the HHS Secretary.
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.
September 14-16, 2022 – Lawrence, KS
April 11-13, 2022 – Virtual
October 25-27, 2021 - Virtual
Meeting Summary (PDF - 454 KB)
Rural Emergency Hospital (PDF - 390 KB)
July 30, 2020, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET - Virtual
Meeting Summary (PDF - 251 KB)
March 2-4, 2020 - Atlanta, GA
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.
September 9-11, 2019 – Washington, DC
April 3-5, 2019 – Sacramento, California
Topics of Discussion:
- Examining Rural Cancer Prevention and Control Efforts (PDF - 497 KB) | Policy Brief Webinar
- Supportive Services and Caregiving for Older Rural Adults (PDF - 806 KB) | Policy Brief Webinar
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.