National Rural Health Day

Driving Change | Going the Extra Mile

We set aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). This year’s theme was Driving Change | Going the Extra Mile.

NRHD is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, and determined spirit that prevails in rural America. NRHD showcases the efforts of rural healthcare providers, organizations and cooperatives, State Offices of Rural Health, and stakeholders from various industry sectors dedicated to addressing Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face today and into the future.


Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 61 million people – 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 are an economic engine that provides the rest of the country with a wealth of services and commodities.

Presidential Proclamation

November 17, 2022, was recognized as National Rural Health Day by President Biden.

“On National Rural Health Day, we recommit to delivering quality, affordable health care to every zip code in America by making insurance and prescription drugs more affordable, expanding mental health and substance use disorder services, and by keeping rural facilities open and staffed with dedicated doctors, nurses, and other health professionals…”


2022 Community Stars eBook

We’re thrilled to announce that the 2022 Community Stars eBook is out now!

Each person, coalition, and organization nominated to be their state’s Community Star represents the faces and grassroots initiatives that are working to address the social determinants of health and improve the lives of those who call rural their home.

We hope you enjoy reading these inspiring stories as you celebrate National Rural Health Day and the #PowerofRural.


To learn more about National Rural Health Day, visit