Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why an estimated 57 million people – nearly one in five Americans – call them home. These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other and work together to benefit the greater good. They are also some of the best places to start a business and test your “entrepreneurial spirit.” These communities provide the rest of the country with a wealth of services and commodities, and they are the economic engine that has helped the United States become the world economic power it is today.
These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens. And rural hospitals – which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care – struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.
That is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November – November 21, 2019 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day. First and foremost, National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America. But it also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.
We know there is work to be done, but we also believe there is plenty to celebrate – and we invite you to join the celebration!
1:00 pm ET
Nonprofit organizations and healthcare providers in rural areas often rely on funding such as grants and loans to bring new projects to life or maintain existing services. Whether the funding comes from government agencies, philanthropic organizations, or corporate givers, external funding can spur innovation in rural communities.
Join us this National Rural Health Day, Thursday, November 21, 2019 when we will discuss funding opportunities available to rural organizations, including how to overcome barriers, where to find funding, and what factors make rural communities successful. We’ll be using the hashtags #RuralHealthChat and #PowerofRural to tweet with experts from around the country who are excited to share their knowledge. Everyone is welcome to provide comments, questions, or just follow along!
Log onto Twitter and follow the #RuralHealthChat hashtag. The RHIhub will tweet questions regarding our topic and special guests and other attendees may jump in with answers! Questions will be numbered using Q1, Q2, etc. and answers should begin with A1, A2, etc., matching the question they belong to. If you would like to join in, be sure to use the #RuralHealthChat and #PowerofRural hashtags in your tweet! All participants may follow along and jump in when they want to contribute answers or questions.
2:00 pm ET
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Where the award-winning documentary, “The Providers” is concerned, its value is immeasurable! Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America, The Providers follows three health care providers and their patients and shows the awe-inspiring courage, commitment, and, tenacity that we know to be the real Power of Rural.
During this extraordinary National Rural Health Day session, NOSORH’s CEO, Teryl Eisinger, will lead an insightful and inspiring discussion with Anna Moot-Levin and Matt Probst, PA-C. Together, they will offer participants a window into the world of making the film, and discuss what they hoped (and has been) the outcome of telling the El Centro story.
Using the discussion guide, and by submitting questions in advance of the live session, participants can tap into the expertise of the film’s creators and the experience of a rural primary care provider facing what many would consider to be insurmountable challenges.
We’ll also explore how The Providers can serve as a script to help others understand how to approach telling their own stories as a means to guide informed policy, address the social determinants of health, and inspire collaboration, innovation, education, and more meaningful communication around initiatives that hold promise for creating healthier communities across rural America.
JOIN US AND PLUG INTO THE POWER OF RURAL!
Rural Health Clinical Congress (RHCC) 2019 is a free, fully-online, multi-topic CME/CE event, designed with the unique needs of you, your patients, and your practice in mind.
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Live virtual broadcast begins at 8:00 am CT
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE
The education is tailored to primary care clinicians who provide care to patients who reside in rural or underserved communities.
WHAT YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
National experts will present on a wide range of clinical, practice management, and patient-centric topics, from cardiovascular risk reduction to best practices for implementing teledermatology. Attendees can test their knowledge by responding to polling questions and ask questions to faculty in real-time through the interactive platform.
KEYNOTE PANEL DISCUSSION
RHCC 2019 will feature a panel discussion on the award-winning documentary, The Providers. Following segments of the film, panelists will discuss the challenges of providing care in rural communities as well as potential solutions.
We’re excited to welcome Matthew Probst, PA-C, who was featured in the film, as one of our keynote speakers. Set against the backdrop of the physician workforce shortage and the opioid epidemic in America, The Providers follows three healthcare professionals as they work to care for patients in rural New Mexico.