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National Rural Health Day Agenda

This year we are celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 17, 2022. The theme is "Advancing Behavioral Health Equity in Rural Communities." We are highlighting innovative ways rural communities address behavioral health challenges and expand access to behavioral health care services for those who need them the most. You will also hear from HHS agencies on their work to strengthen the rural health workforce and improve rural Americans' access to vital mental health and substance use disorder services.

Learn about HRSA’s Fiscal Year 2022 Rural Investments (PDF - 204 KB) and view our Rural State fact sheets.

Events for National Rural Health Day

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Mindfulness Based Stress Mitigation in the Workplace (Registration required) 

Jason Harris, JBS International 

Understand the common causes of workplace stress and its impact on healthcare providers’ behavioral health. Learn evidence-based mindfulness strategies to increase health and wellness in the workplace. Understand the science behind mindfulness-based strategies and how they mitigate the impact of stress. 

3 - 4 p.m. ET 

Webinar Passcode: 071720
Webinar ID: 852 3068 0149

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Hidden in Plain Sight:  Understanding the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking in Rural Communities

FORHP, Office of Women’s Health, Futures Without Violence, National Domestic Violence Hotline, and Samaritan Health Services 

This webinar raises awareness about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in rural communities and how to identify and address it.

IPV and Human Trafficking are threats to public health. They often go under the radar, especially in rural communities, due to lack of awareness.  Those experiencing it may look “normal”, interact with the community, and not identify as victims.   

3 - 4 p.m. ET 

Dial in: 833-568 -8864  
Meeting ID: 161 855 3734  
Passcode: 37666445

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

FORHP Grantee Stories

Learn about the innovative ways rural grantees are advancing behavioral health equity in their communities.  

3 - 4 p.m. ET 

Dial in: 833-568-8864   
Meeting ID: 160 296 0203  
Passcode: 74433018

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

HHS Leadership Panel

Join leaders from various HHS agencies to learn how HHS programs and initiatives are advancing rural behavioral health equity.

Catherine Oakar, Special Assistant to the President for Public Health and Disparities, White House Domestic Policy Council

Panelists include:

3 - 4 p.m. ET
Phone Number: 833-568-8864 
Meeting ID:1605326232
Passcode: 42186098

Why Do We Celebrate National Rural Health Day?

Since 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health set aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day.  

National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate the “power of rural.” We use this day to highlight the unique health care challenges that rural people face. Then, we show how our programs and policies, and the efforts of our partners and stakeholders, help address and reduce health care disparities in rural communities.

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