National Rural Health Day 2016

National Rural Health Day Logo With Date

Join us as we honor America’s heart and soul – our rural citizens and communities!

Nearly 62 million Americans live in rural and frontier communities. Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, but these communities also have unique healthcare needs, which is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural sets aside the third Thursday of every November – November 17th, 2016 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day.

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! This page offers resources to help you learn about rural health care and how you can celebrate National Rural Health Day in your community. Click here to learn more about National Rural Health Day

Healthcare in rural areas is diverse, challenging, but also very rewarding. Click here to learn more about rural healthcare in America.

Looking for ways to celebrate National Rural Health Day?
Here’s how others across the country are planning to celebrate on or around November 17.

Letters, Releases, Presentation & Proclamation Templates
We are pleased to provide templates for proclamations, letters to the editor and National Rural Health Day presentations that will help promote your efforts and encourage others to “Celebrate the Power of Rural”. Resources will be added up until our celebration on November 17, so be sure to check back regularly!

Logos, Save-the-Date Card, Merchandise Order Form, Key Messages


Community Stars 2016

NOSORH would like to use National Rural Health Day to honor “community stars” who have made a positive impact on their local community, brought services that may not have been there before, shown local leadership, demonstrated a long term commitment to improve rural health, have been a dependable partner or have helped make a change for better health, ensured access to care or championed innovation in rural communities.

Do you know a “star” in your community? Submit their story for this year’s publication!


NOSORH and State Offices of Rural Health are honored to count a host of federal government agencies, national rural health-related associations and organizations, and NOSORH sponsors among its partners for National Rural Health Day and other rural health efforts. Is your group or organization interested in becoming a National Rural Health Day partner as well?  Click here to Contact Us!

For more information on National Rural Health Day, contact:

Matthew Strycker
NOSORH Special Projects Coordinator
Ashley Muninger 
NOSORH Communications & Development Coordinator