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Celebrate National Rural Health Day

This year’s celebration takes place on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Our focus is on highlighting strategies to achieve health equity in rural communities.

Since 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) HRSA Exit Disclaimer set aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day.

Attend virtual events

We’ll host webinars in the days leading up to National Rural Health Day. You will need to register in advance for some events. We will also highlight efforts from other agencies within the federal government. This page may be updated to include additional events.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Friday, November 19, 2021

Monday, November 15, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Webinar for Rural Communities HRSA Exit Disclaimer
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH)
1 – 2:30 p.m. ET

Learn more about federal COVID-19 resources, healthcare workforce mandates, healthcare coverage related to COVID-19 vaccines, and more.
Audience: community partners and providers in rural areas.

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

HIV Treatment and Care in Rural Communities HRSA Exit Disclaimer
2:30 - 3:15 p.m. ET

Learn about federal support for HIV treatment and care in rural communities. This will include program accomplishments, performance indicators, impact of COVID-19, community engagement, and the role and response to stigma in serving people with HIV.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Twitter Chat: Digital Equity and the Health of Rural Americans HRSA Exit Disclaimer
Rural Health Information Hub and the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
1 – 2 p.m. ET

This #RuralHealthChat explores technology inequities that people in rural areas experience. This includes access to broadband, telehealth, and patient portals. This #RuralHealthChat will also allow attendees to learn more about funding opportunities that can help rural communities with their efforts to improve digital equity and broadband access.

Enhancing Antibiotic Stewardship Programs in Critical Access Hospitals HRSA Exit Disclaimer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
3 – 4 p.m. ET

Hear about antibiotic stewardship programs at Critical Access Hospitals. You will also hear from The Joint Commission about upcoming revisions to their antibiotic stewardship standards and receive practical advice for meeting these standards.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

NIH Rural Health Day Seminar: Structural-Level Determinants of Rural Health Disparities
NIH Rural Health Special Interest Group
11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. ET

Learn more about 1) sociocultural and economic determinants of health in rural populations, 2) physical environmental determinants of health in rural populations, and 3) evaluation, measurements, and policy implications on rural health.
The NIH Rural Health Special Interest Group includes the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute on Aging and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Federal Efforts to Achieve Health Equity in Rural Communities HRSA Exit Disclaimer 
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

Learn about federal efforts to achieve health equity in rural America. Panelists will present on strategies the Administration is taking to prioritize health equity and eliminate disparities in health access, policy, and practice. Panelists will include:

  • Diana Espinosa, Acting Administrator, HRSA
  • Catherine Oakar, Special Assistant to the President for Community Public Health and Disparities, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Tom Morris, Associate Administrator, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, HRSA
  • Dr. LaShawn McIver, Director, Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
  • Dr. Loretta Christensen (PDF - 196 KB), Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Service

CMS Rural Health Open Door Forum
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

2 – 3 p.m. ET
The Rural Health Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses Rural Health Clinic (RHC), Critical Access Hospital (CAH), and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) issues and CMS payment. To participate, dial 1-888-455-1397 Conference ID: 8604468. This event is open to the public.

USDA's Broadband ReConnect Program HRSA Exit Disclaimer
USDA Rural Development
2 – 3 p.m. ET

Learn about USDA’s Broadband ReConnect Program. The webinar will include an update from previous rounds of funding, fiscal year 2022 program requirements, and a question & answer period for participants to learn how to bring broadband to their rural communities.

Telling the Rural Star Stories HRSA Exit Disclaimer
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
2 – 3 p.m. ET

Behind the big headlines of rural health are the extraordinary people who make rural life better. Their stories tell the real “power of rural. HRSA Exit Disclaimer” Hear stories on resolve, resiliency, relationships, and readiness and lessons learned.

Addressing Health Disparities in Rural Communities: FORHP Grantee Highlights HRSA Exit Disclaimer
3 – 4 p.m. ET

Learn about projects funded through FORHP grants. Hear from FORHP grantees as they share their work and best practices to create equitable access to health care in their communities.

Friday, November 19, 2021

3rd Annual Rural Oral Health Conference: “Diversity and Inclusion: Addressing the Needs of Marginalized Populations in Rural Communities” HRSA Exit Disclaimer
Zufall Community Health Center; New Jersey State Office of Rural Health
Planning committee: HRSA IEA New York (Region 2)
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET (Register by November 16, 2021)

Hear from keynote speaker Paul Moore, D.Ph. Join breakout sessions on addressing the unmet need for oral healthcare. Dental, medical, and public health CEU credits are available.

  • Health Equity: The Rural Perspective
  • LGBTQ Health: How the Dental Profession Can Identify and Address Barriers to Care
  • The Oral Health Status of America's Rural Children: An Opportunity for Policy Change
  • Maternal and Child Health in Rural Communities
  • Words Matter: Using Mindful Language in Health Care Settings
  • Dental Care for Us by Us: Dentists Share Their Perspective on Serving Their Communities
  • Rural Oral Health Disparities in Minority Populations
  • Aging with HIV: The Complexities of Care and Legal Affairs
  • Being Accessible: Effective Strategies In Access to Oral Healthcare Through a Rural Lens

Why do we 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 healthcare challenges that rural citizens face. We showcase the efforts healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health, and other stakeholders take to address health care disparities in rural communities.

We highlight the healthcare challenges for people who live in rural areas. Then, we show how our programs and policies address these challenges.

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Additional resources on rural health

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2021


HRSA Programs Serve Rural Communities infographic
2021 infographic - social media format (JPG - 343 KB)
2021 infographic - full-page format  (PDF - 68 KB)

Past infographics

2020 infographic (PDF - 904 KB)

2019 infographic (PDF - 2.7 MB)

2018 infographic (PDF - 793 KB)

2017 infographic (PDF - 711 KB)

2016 infographic (PDF - 789 KB)

2015 infographic (PDF - 2 MB)