National Rural Health Day 2017

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 16th, 2017 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day.

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 16.


We are pleased to provide many resources, including logos, save-the-date cards, key messages, proclamation templates, letters to the editor and press releases 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 16, so be sure to check back regularly!

2016 WebSights
Click the link below to listen to the WebSight recordings:

Click Here.

Community Stars


The annual “Community Stars” publication honors and gives a personal voice to rural people, providers, advocates, and communities across the country. These stories document just a few shining examples of service and dedication to the people who call rural America home.

COMING SOON: Nominations for Community Stars 2017

NRHD Community Stars 2016

NOSORH Sponsors and Partners
NOSORH and State Offices of Rural Health are honored to count a host of federal government agencies, national rural health-related associations and organizations among its partners for National Rural Health Day and other rural health efforts. Click here for a list of partners and sponsors.

For more information on National Rural Health Day, contact:

Matthew Strycker
NOSORH Program Manager
Ashley Muninger 
NOSORH Communications & Development Coordinator