Plug in to the Power of Rural this National Rural Health Day!

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The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), its Federal, state, nonprofit, and other partners, invite all those who live, work, visit or return to their roots in rural America to thank rural health professionals and celebrate the Power of Rural on November 21, 2019. The “key messages” for National Rural Health Day include: 1.) Rural America is fueling an innovative rural health infrastructure; 2.) Rural America is a great place for mission-minded health professionals to provide individualized care; and 3.) Rural America offers a beautiful and challenging landscape, requiring unique approaches.

It’s not too late to get involved with National Rural Health Day (NRHD) activities! Visit the website for the latest news and events happening throughout the country.

Below are some fun, easy ways to “plug in” to the Power of Rural this month:

Spotlight the #PowerofRural on Social Media
Follow NOSORH on Facebook/Twitter and use the #PowerofRural in every post (and encourage others to do the same)! Download social media graphics from the toolkits. Click here to put a National Rural Health Day frame on your Facebook Profile Pic!

Join our Thunderclap
Help us amplify the #PowerofRural by joining the nationwide NRHD Thunderclap! Tweet the #PowerofRural at 11:21 am (in your timezone) on 11.21.19!


NOSORH/RHIhub Twitter Chat on Funding
RHIhub and NOSORH are co-hosting a NRHD Twitter Chat “Access to Funding for Rural Health Projects”. Join the discussion at 1:00 pm ET on November 21 by using the hashtag #RuralHealthChat!


NEW-“Key Messages and Data Points” Publication
NOSORH is excited to offer a brand new “Key Messages & Data Points” electronic publication for National Rural Health Day! The document features rural-relevant data under 3 National Rural Health Day key messages. Click here to view and download.

The Providers film screening 
This year’s National Rural Health Day will feature a special two-week screening (November 7-21) of the award-winning documentary, The Providers. The film is set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural America and follows three healthcare providers and their patients. Encourage your clinics, hospitals, office, etc to host a screening of the film as a way to celebrate NRHD! Click here to register.

Live web event featuring The Providers
A live NRHD web event titled “The Art of Telling Your Power of Rural Story”, will be held on November 21 at 2:00 pm ET.  Join this insightful discussion with Anna Moot-Levin, one of the film’s producers, and featured provider, Matt Probst, PA-C, from El Centro Family Health. Together, they will offer participants a window into the world of making the film and discuss the importance of storytelling to inspire more collaboration and innovation that leads to positive change, improves rural health outcomes and perceptions, and more. Registrants of the film screening and web event will be given a “Providers Discussion Guide” as a framework for having meaningful conversations about the film’s central themes. Additionally, registered participants can pose questions in advance of the web event. Click here to register.


Community Stars – Now taking pre-orders for hardcopy book!
Stay tuned for the release of the 2019 Community Stars e-book on November 21! This year’s publication will feature the inspiring stories of “Stars” from 44 different states who are making a big impact on rural health! Also, for the first time, the Community Stars book will be available in electronic and hardcopy format! Pre-order your hardcopy book today!


NRHD Toolkits available for free resources!
The PowerofRural website has easy-to-use online toolkits with resources designed for community stakeholders, including hospitals, clinics, first responders, and others who serve the health needs of rural communities. Toolkits includes logos, display advertising, social media, public service announcement and media release templates, and much more! We encourage you to share these tools widely with your partners. You can even make the tools your own by adding your logo and URL.


Rural Health Clinical Congress- Free CME Event for Rural Providers- Nov 23
In partnership with NOSORH, RME Collaborative is proud to offer the 2019 Rural Health Clinical Congress (RHCC)! The RHCC is designed to take the distance out of learning, providing high-level, practical education for rural healthcare professionals through a virtual learning environment. This free, multi-topic CME/CE event is specifically for primary care clinicians and registered nurses who care for patients in rural and underserved areas. The RHCC will take place on Saturday, November 23, and feature a comprehensive curriculum covering clinical, practice management, and patient-centric topics, including diabetes, heart failure, asthma, teledermatology, and dyslipidemia. The program will be delivered by rural and clinical experts through an interactive, engaging virtual platform. Click here to learn more and register for this unique continuing education event!


Walk with a Doc on 11.21.19
Invite rural hospitals, health clinics, and communities in your state to host a free Walk with a Doc event on NRHD. Walk with a Doc is a fun and easy way to engage communities in better health while celebrating the Power of Rural!


Nationwide Activities to Note
Organizations and agencies from around the country are hosting their own National Rural Health Day Events, including the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy! Be sure to check out their schedule of events and make plans to participate!

The Chartis Center for Rural Health will announce the 2019 Performance Leadership Awards on NRHD. Based on the results of the Hospital Strength INDEX from iVantage Health Analytics, the 2019 Performance Leadership Awards reflect top quartile performance among all rural hospitals in the United States in either Quality, Outcomes or Patient Perspective. The Chartis Center for Rural Health will be reaching out to SORH this week with a link to this year’s award winners and marketing resources.


Share Your Plans!
We want to hear from you! Are you planning an event on NRHD? Do you have a unique idea you’d like to share with us? During the weeks leading up to NRHD 2019, your event will be shown on the Power of Rural website. Click here to submit your plans.


Visit for more ideas! Contact Ashley Muninger, NOSORH Communications & Development Coordinator, for more information.

Making the Most of National Rural Health Day – Karen Madden and Kirby Lecy

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Making the Most of National Rural Health Day – Karen Madden and Kirby Lecy

Celebrate National Rural Health Day

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Looking for ways to celebrate National Rural Health Day this year?  Here’s a brief glimpse at what some other folks are planning on or around November 16 – and a few additional ideas we came up with ourselves!

 General Ideas:
  • Answer your phone on November 16, 2017 by saying “Hello … Happy National Rural Health Day”
  • Visit one of those morning news shows and hold up a sign that says “Happy National Rural Health Day!”
  • Wear a National Rural Health Day T-shirt to school or work
  • Plan a group run or some other kind of fitness activity
  • Do something “healthy” that day – eat more vegetables, bike instead of drive to work, get your blood pressure or cholesterol checked, etc.
  • Write a letter to the editor or contact a local legislator to stress the importance of addressing the health needs of rural communities
  • Thank a rural health provider for all they do!
State Offices of Rural Health and Partners:
  • Obtain gubernatorial/legislative proclamation recognizing National Rural Health Day
  • Present rural health awards/honor rural (or community) heroes
  • Host conference “Celebrating the Power of Rural” on National Rural Health Day
  • Present a series of themed lectures/presentations by state rural health leaders or advocates via Webinar on National Rural Health Day
  • Produce rural health-related videos, fact sheets and other educational materials
  • Visit community/state leaders to educate them on rural health issues and tout the work of State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those needs
  • Contact local/state media; arrange National Rural Health Day interviews
  • Link to National Rural Health Day website from your website
  • Plan a field trip to a local hospital or rural health provider
  • Invite rural health providers to speak in the classroom
  • Host and/or encourage students to participate in a rural health-related community service project (plan a health information fair, helping paint a rural health clinic, etc.)
  • Have rural-themed poster essay contests
  • Host a National Rural Health Day “Fun Day” to promote health and wellness – kids participate in fun physical activities, sample healthy foods and receive health information
  • Host “Health Careers Day” in career development centers/guidance offices
  • Teach special rural-themed courses on National Rural Health Day (rural history, rural economics, etc.)
Hospitals/Rural Health Providers:
  • Plan/host a community health fair
  • Give tours of your facilities
  • Share your story – speak at a local school or community event
  • Display National Rural Health Day banners/posters
  • Have a “staff appreciation” luncheon
  • Link to National Rural Health Day website from your website


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5th Annual National Rural Health Day Success

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The 5th Annual National Rural Health Day was a complete success. Governors Proclamations, Congressional recognition, nationwide events, community engagement, live webcasts and a slew of webinars dominated the day. NOSORH wants to thank the State Offices of Rural Health who planned and celebrated in a myriad of ways and truly showed just what it means to celebrate the power of rural. A special thanks also goes out to the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy for pulling together a broad array of speakers and topics including Acting HHS Deputy Secretary, Dr. Mary Wakefield and Jim Macrae, the Acting Administrator at the Health Resources and Services Administration. Also joining NOSORH from the Administration was Chad Maisel with the White House Rural Caucus.  Chad discussed the Integration Models for Parents and Children to Thrive Demonstration project.

Another thank you goes to our partners – 3RNet, NCHN, and NRHA for collaborating together to make our partners webinar the most attended webinar hosted by NOSORH on National Rural Health Day.  Please click here to find all of the presentation and recordings of the webinars.

New this year NOSORH compiled a collection of stories from across the nation highlighting providers and communities addressing community health needs in a publication called “Real Doc Hollywoods and Community Stars”, which is published here.  SORHs have participated in the success of these stories from conducting the community needs assessment and helping develop programs to promoting the success of the program to other communities.  These stories are also great examples of programs that could be replicated across the nation.

Remember that State Offices of Rural Health need to fill out the NRHD activities form from this year, please do so by clicking here.

The NRHD evaluation will be released soon. Again, NOSORH wants to thank everyone who helped to make this National Rural Health Day the best yet.


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5th Annual National Rural Health Day Webinar Information

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NRHD 2015 Webinar Flyer

11:30-12:00 PM EST Press Conference & Live Webcast: Introducing the Rural Health Information Hub

Listen in as the Rural Assistance Center announces their launch as the Rural Health Information Hub. Speakers will discuss the reasons for the change and what it will mean for users.
Click here to register. Click here for more information.

12:00-1:00 PM EST AgriSafe: Healthier is Here

Join AgriSafe staff to learn how to recognize and respond to emerging issues that impact the health and safety of farm families and access a live and OnDemand webinar training library to increase your professional competency.

Click here to register. Click here for more information.

1:00-2:00 PM EST Live Webcast: Rural Health Delivery System Reform

Join our expert panel for a discussion of changes that are occurring in rural healthcare delivery, how rural facilities can ensure they’re not left behind and what works in rural healthcare.

Click here to register. Click here for more information.

2:15-3:15 PM EST Partners Best Practices: Advocacy, Networks, and Workforce

Talk with rural health association leaders and State Offices of Rural Health about partnerships and best practices in relations to Advocacy, Networks, and Workforce.

Click here to register. Click here for more information.

3:15-3:45 PM EST White House Rural Council

Join Chad Maisel, advisor to the White House Rural Council and leaders from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy as they discuss child poverty in rural areas and a new program designed to connect families with health and human services.

Click here to register. Click here for more information.

4:00-4:30 PM EST Federal Investments and Collaboration Models

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell will make opening remarks in a discussion of federal investments in rural health and the federal, state and local collaborations initiated by the White House Rural Council.

Click here to register. Click here for more information.

4:30-5:45 PM EST Collaborating to Meet the Healthcare Needs of Rural Veterans

Join leaders of the Veterans Administration and Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake, North Dakota to learn more about collaboration to serve rural veterans.

Click here to register. Click here for more information.

National Rural Health Day: Collaborating and Telling the Story of Rural Doc Hollywoods and Other Healers

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NOSORH and our partners are moving forward with plans for National Rural Health Day (NRHD) by planning webinars and webcasts to be offered on November 19th.  The Rural Assistance Center (RAC) and FORHP will announce  a RAC  name change.  Additional webcasts and webinars will feature the work of SORH, FORHP and communities on the following topics:

  • Integrated services,
  • Community health needs assessments,
  • Community paramedicine and
  • Innovative rural health projects
  • Delivery system reform

New this year:  NOSORH is collecting the “Real Doc Hollywood and Other Healer” stories to honor health professionals who have made a positive impact on their local community, brought services that may not have been there before, has shown local leadership, or has been a dependable partner that has helped make a change for the better. SORHs, please help us identify individuals in  your state that have made a difference, so that  we may showcase these individuals to promote all of the amazing Real Doc Hollywoods and other Healers around the nation. Please take the time to fill out the form to provide the following information, showing what makes your choice.  SORHs may enter as many individuals as they would like, this is not limited to one submission per SORH. NOSORH will work on media stories and a publication to honor their work. To make your submission, click here.

NOSORH has already received several submissions.  Click here for an example of one of those submissions from the great state of Iowa.

The deadline for ordering any National Rural Health Day t-shirts, buttons or banners is October 23rd (5pm ET)

Click here to order now.

SORHs may enter as many individuals as they would like, this is not limited to one submission per SORH. NOSORH will work on media stories and a publication to honor their work. To make your submission, click here.

NOSORH has already received several submissions.  Click here for an example of one of those submissions from the great state of Iowa.

The deadline for ordering any National Rural Health Day t-shirts, buttons or banners is October 23rd (5pm ET)

Click here to order now.


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Introducing the 5th Annual NRHD Logo

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Introducing the new 5th Annual National Rural Health Day logo. We hope you will use this logo to connect with your state partners to promote National Rural Health Day on November 19th.  Many thanks to the NOSORH Communications Committee for their input on the design.  Help promote NRHD.  JPEG versions will be available shortly that can be used in your communications about the day.  Post on your social media pages and put in your newsletters.  Starting in July, NOSORH will provide regular updates on NRHD.  Let Matt Strycker know how you are promoting the upcoming 5th Annual National Rural Health Day in your state.


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Success of National Rural Health Day

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Many thanks to SORHs and partners for making National Rural Health Day (NRHD) a huge success.  NOSORH wants to build on this success and asked members to respond to an evaluation survey just before the end of the year.  Below are some of the initial results.  If you have any additional suggestions, please email Matt Strycker at

NRHD by the Numbers:

Impact of NRHD for SORHs:

  • 29 SORH recognized by governor or state leader
  • 26 reported strengthened collaboration with partner
  • 13 reported gained attention of new partner

Top 3 Roles of SORHs on NRHD:

  • Disseminate information
  • Planned or hosted an event
  • Participated in NOSORH webinars

Top 3 Resources Used by SORHs on NRHD:


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NRHD 2014 Webinar Flyer

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NRHD Webinar Flyer – Click here to register!


NRHD Webinar Flyer


The NOSORH Communications Committee

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It has been said that “communication is key”, and no one knows that better than the members of the NOSORH Communications Committee.  Co-chaired by Karen Madden, New York SORH Director, and Kylie Nissen, Senior Project Coordinator with the North Dakota state office, the committee is responsible for getting the word out on what’s happening in rural health care.

“Our main focus is external communications for NOSORH and working to send a consistent message out to the world,” Madden said. The committee also communicates with state offices to “ensure they are hearing what they need to hear in order to do their jobs better.”

The committee primarily uses email, the NOSORH website, Twitter and Facebook pages to get the message out. “NOSORH is working to develop our blog page and create a more visible presence on social media,” NOSORH Special Projects Coordinator Matt Strycker said.  “We also developed webinars in the last few years that are very popular,” added Madden.

Madden and Nissen agree the crowning achievement of the committee has been the creation of National Rural Health Day (NRHD) four years ago.  “National Rural Health Day actually takes most of our time,” Madden said. “It started as a way to bring awareness to rural health by dedicating one day to rural issues. It was very successful from the first year. The states just grabbed on to it and it took off in ways we never expected.” Nissen agreed. “It’s a great way to let people across the country know that there are providers out there working every day to keep people in our rural communities healthy.”

The Communications Committee invites anyone interested in developing messages on rural health care to join the committee. “We raise awareness on rural issues and we’re just a fun committee to be a part of!” Nissen laughed.


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