National Rural Health Day is Thursday, November 15

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 exit disclaimer icon

Webinar from 1–2pm ET

This educational activity from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is designed to review updated information on common antibiotic use problems encountered by general clinical pharmacists. Discussion of case-based scenarios will be used to demonstrate how to identify and prioritize antibiotic-related problems and explain examples of employing effective stewardship strategies in the acute care setting. The presenters will use a variety of active techniques to communicate information and facilitate discussion of the clinical scenarios. The webinar will be receiving pharmacy continuing education credits but other healthcare professionals such MDs and nurses are welcome to participate.

Thursday, November 15

Policy and the Power of Rural exit disclaimer icon

Webinar from 11–11:30am ET

This conversation will focus 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

12–1pm ET

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

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

Webinar from 1–2pm ET

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host 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

2–3 pm ET

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

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

Webinar from 3–3:30pm ET

During this conversation participants will learn 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

Webinar from 4–4:30am ET

This conversation will focus 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

6:45–10:15pm ET

HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce will host 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 will discuss 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:  November 2018

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


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