National Rural Health Day, November 15, 2018

What is National Rural Health Day?

In 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) exit disclaimer icon created National Rural Health Day (NRHD) as a way to applaud the ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations occurring in rural communities to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services. In the past eight years, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has planned, hosted, and participated in this annual event.

Tuesday, November 13

Five Ways Pharmacists can be Antibiotics Aware

This educational activity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was designed to review updated information on common antibiotic use problems encountered by general clinical pharmacists. Case-based scenarios demonstrated how to identify and prioritize antibiotic-related problems and explained examples of employing effective stewardship strategies in the acute care setting. Presenters used a variety of active techniques to communicate information and facilitate discussion of the clinical scenarios. 

Thursday, November 15

Policy and the Power of Rural exit disclaimer icon

This conversation focused on the current and future work of rural health policy, how rural citizens can communicate with policymakers and their communities to make an impact on rural health, and the impact of a changing Congress.

Access to Healthcare in Rural Communities Twitter Chat exit disclaimer icon

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHI Hub) and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) co-hosted a twitter chat to discuss access to healthcare in rural areas and the impact of a lack of access for rural people. They discussed specific barriers to access, solutions to those barriers, and celebrated rural communities that have tackled this problem in meaningful ways. They used the hashtag #RuralHealthChat exit disclaimer icon to tweet with experts from around the country.

CMS Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) Efforts in Rural Health

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hosted a webinar to highlight examples of Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN) projects that address access to care and harm reduction in critical access and rural hospitals.

Telehealth Twitter Chat

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) hosted a Rural Health Day Twitter chat on the role of Telehealth. Throughout the chat, we discuss how the use of telehealth can help health care and accessibility in rural areas across the nation. Participants joined us by using the hashtag #TalkTelehealth exit disclaimer icon!

Rural Networks: Making a Difference in the Opioid Epidemic exit disclaimer icon

During this conversation participants learned how small rural networks are collaborating and innovating with their communities to address the opioid crisis in rural New York.

A Conversation on Rural EMS exit disclaimer icon

This conversation focused on the current state of rural EMS and how leaders are educating and bringing innovation to their states.

Wednesday, November 28

Rural Virtual Job Fair

HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce hosted a Rural Focused Virtual Job Fair, a free, interactive event held online to allow primary care providers a chance to talk about their NHSC- or NURSE Corps-approved site. Recruiters discussed their organization’s benefits, their clinical environments (including approaches to integrated care), the populations they serve, and the rewards of providing care in their rural communities.

Date Last Reviewed:  February 2019


2018 Rural Health Day RECAP

Blog post: Celebrating National Rural Health Day: Highlighting Policy and Research, a blog post by HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D. (11/15/2018)

#TalkTelehealth Twitter Chat exit disclaimer icon

Blog Post: On National Rural Health Day we recommit to Improving Rural Health a blog post by Seema Verma, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Blog Post: Rural Americans More Likely to Die from Preventable Causes HRSA Exit Disclaimer National Conference of State Legislatures (NSCL)

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