National Rural Health Day (NRHD) was celebrated on November 15, 2018, with a record number of nationwide events held by State Offices of Rural Health, rural communities, providers and stakeholders. Activities this year included Walk with a Doc walks, Twitter chats, and a call to action to use the #PowerofRural on social media to create a coast-to-coast conversation on rural health. The #PowerofRural generated over 7 million impressions and over 2,200 tweets on November 15, surpassing 2017’s impressions by over 3 million!
NRHD received broader national attention and reached new audiences with many new partners engaged this year. Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director, was interviewed on Cerner’s The Value of National Rural Health Day podcast, and she wrote a blog post, The Power of Rural to Improve Health, that was featured on the HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion’s Prevention Policy Matters blog. In addition, Karen Madden, Director of the Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health, and Dr. David Sabgir, Founder & CEO of Walk with a Doc, joined Eisinger for a Rural Matters podcast on the topic of NRHD and the Power of Rural.
Now in its fourth year, the 2018 Community Stars e-book was published on NRHD with inspirational stories of individuals and organizations who truly embody the Power of Rural. Over 100 nominations were received with 29 different states represented. Thanks to all who took the time to submit a nomination to formally recognize the work of the many unsung heroes of rural health!
There were many opportunities to participate in NRHD, including three live NOSORH webinars on rural health hot topics: A Conversation on Rural EMS, Policy and the Power of Rural, and Rural Networks: Making a Difference in the Opioid Epidemic. The presentations and recordings can be found here on the NOSORH website. A Telehealth Twitter Chat was hosted by HRSA and an Access to Healthcare in Rural Communities Twitter Chat was co-hosted by NOSORH and RHIhub. In addition, NOSORH partnered with Walk with a Doc to encourage rural communities to host a special NRHD Walk with a Doc, resulting in 17 walks held across 12 different states!
As always, NRHD wouldn’t be successful without support from all 50 State Offices of Rural Health and partners across the nation! Along with countless events promoted by national partners, many State Offices participated in NRHD activities, including obtaining Governor’s proclamations, visiting rural providers and partners, holding contests, producing videos, distributing press releases, hosting rural health conferences, presenting special awards, and much more.
Be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday, November 21, and join the Power of Rural movement throughout 2019!
For more information on NRHD, contact Ashley Muninger, NOSORH Communications & Development Coordinator.
NOSORH, all 50 State Offices of Rural Health, their partners, sponsors, and community stakeholders are gearing up to celebrate the Power of Rural on November 15, 2018! It’s not too late to get involved with National Rural Health Day (NRHD) activities! Visit the PowerofRural.org website for the latest news and events happening throughout the country.
Here are some fun, easy ways to be part of the Power of Rural movement this month:
Join an Event
More events are being scheduled daily! Check the PowerofRural.org website for the latest updates.
Download Free NRHD Toolkits
The 2018 NRHD Engagement Toolkit is an easy-to-use online toolkit with resources designed for community stakeholders, including hospitals, clinics, first responders, and others who serve the health needs of rural communities. It includes logos, display advertising, social media, public service announcement and media release templates, and much more!
Are you a State Office of Rural Health? The NRHD Starter Toolkit for SORH contains comprehensive toolkits as well as promotional items, such as posters, social media posts, and postcards that support this year’s NRHD efforts.
Showcase the #PowerofRural on Social Media
Follow NOSORH on Facebook and Twitter and help make the #PowerofRural trend by liking, sharing, and retweeting posts! Be sure to use the #PowerofRural in every post and encourage others to do the same.
Click here for free NRHD social media graphics.
Click here to put a National Rural Health Day frame on your Facebook Profile Pic!
“Walk with a Doc” on 11.15.18
Invite rural hospitals, health clinics, etc. in your state to host a free Walk with a Doc community walk on NRHD. Walk with a Doc is a fun and easy way to engage communities in better health and celebrate the Power of Rural. Click here to learn how to host a walk.
Take the Pledge to Partner
Take the Pledge at PowerofRural.org and commit to four specific calls to action: Innovate, Educate, Collaborate & Communicate!
National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is next month! Help us shine a spotlight on the positive aspects of rural health and communities across the nation! NOSORH is holding a 30-minute webinar with national partners on Oct 3 at 3:00 pm ET to learn more about how to engage in the Power of Rural. All current and potential NRHD partners are invited to attend! Register here.
State Offices of Rural Health are invited to attend the webinar “NRHD Resources for SORH” on Thursday, October 4 at 1:00-1:30 pm ET to learn about National Rural Health Day resources available to SORH, including the NRHD Toolkit for SORH. Participants are also encouraged to share their plans. Register here.
Here are some ways to join the Power of Rural movement:
Whether you’ve already made plans or are just starting to think about it, there are plenty of ways to get involved in celebrating the #PowerofRural!
Contact Ashley Muninger for more information.
Each year NOSORH, all 50 State Offices of Rural Health, their partners, sponsors, and community stakeholders set aside the third Thursday of November (November 15, 2018) to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). Whether you’ve already made plans or are just starting to think about it, there are plenty of ways to get involved! Visit the PowerofRural.org website for the latest news and events happening throughout the country to celebrate the #PowerofRural!
Here are some ways to join the Power of Rural movement:
National Rural Health Day 2017 was a tremendous success with nationwide events, webinars and recognition by partners and the press. New activities this year included a partnership with Walk with a Doc, Twitter chats, NRHD toolkits, and a call to action to tweet #PowerofRural at 11:16 am in each time zone! The #PowerofRural generated 4.2 million impressions and over 2,000 tweets on Twitter!
NOSORH hosted three “WebSights” with speakers from Hall Render, National Rural Health Association, National Rural Health Resource Center and Columbus Community Hospital in Columbus, WI. The presentations and recordings can be found here on the NOSORH website.
In addition, the 2017 Community Stars e-book was published on NRHD! The 31 inspiring individuals and organizations featured in the book were nominated by a member of their State Office of Rural Health, a community member, or peer. Each story highlights their selfless dedication to serving rural communities across the country. Thanks to all who submitted a nomination and congratulations to this year’s Stars!
As always, big thanks go to the State Offices of Rural Health and partners across the nation whose support help make NRHD a yearly success! Along with countless events promoted by national partners, forty-four State Offices have shared their NRHD activities with NOSORH, including obtaining Governor’s proclamations in 25 states, visiting community partners and providers, sending letters of appreciation to constituents, holding video and photo contests, distributing press releases, hosting rural health summits, presenting awards, and much more. If you haven’t already, please share your NRHD activities and photos with Ashley Muninger.
Mark your calendar for November 15 and start planning now for NRHD 2018!
National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is on November 16, 2017 and there is plenty to celebrate! Visit the revamped PowerofRural.org website for the latest news and events happening throughout the country to celebrate the #PowerofRural!
National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is just over a month away! Help us transform NRHD from a single day event into a sustainable movement that celebrates the “power of rural”. Be sure to let us know what you have planned so your good work can be shared with others!
What can you do to join the movement?
The success of NRHD depends on active engagement from all SORHs and partners! Visit the National Rural Health Day website at www.nationalruralhealthday.org for more ideas on how to celebrate the “Power of Rural”. Contact Ashley Muninger for more information.
Each year NOSORH and its partners set aside the third Thursday of November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). This year you can help us transform NRHD from a single day event into a sustainable movement that promotes the “power of rural” and keeps rural health matters at the forefront. Whether you’ve already made plans or are just starting to think about it, here are some ways to get involved!
It’s never too early to start making plans for National Rural Health Day (NRHD)! To help kickstart the planning process, NOSORH recently hosted the webinar Preparing for National Rural Health Day 2017 as an overview of the resources currently available and for State Offices to share their plans/ideas. One of the resources outlined was the recently released NRHD Starter Toolkit for SORH, which features easy-to-use promotional calendars, celebration ideas, guides to media and social media, and other helpful tools. Please feel free to share this resource with your partners!
NOSORH is now collecting nominations for the 3rd annual Community Stars publication! Community Stars is published as an e-book on NRHD to honor the dedicated individuals and organizations who go above and beyond to make their rural community a better place to live, work and play. Nominations are due Friday, September 15, 2017. Click here to submit a nomination for this year’s publication! There is no limit to the number of submissions from each state, so share widely with partners and rural healthcare providers. Click here to read the 2016 publication.
Have you taken the Partner to Pledge yet? Visit www.powerofrural.org to take the Pledge and commit to four specific calls to action: Innovate, Educate, Collaborate & Communicate!
Visit the National Rural Health Day website at www.nationalruralhealthday.org for more ideas on how to “Celebrate the Power of Rural”. Also, be sure to follow NOSORH on Facebook and Twitter for updates!
Contact Ashley Muninger for more information.