Community Stars

Those who dedicate their life’s work to rural health are extraordinary people, and their contributions are deserving of recognition. To honor our nation’s rural health heroes, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) is proud to present “Community Stars,” a collection of touching and impactful stories that embody the real Power of Rural.

Community Stars is an electronic publication released on National Rural Health Day, which falls on the third Thursday of November each year. The stories featured in the collection represent shining examples of generosity, service, and dedication to the health and wellbeing of those who call rural America home.

In 2018, NOSORH received over 100 Community Star Nominations representing a record-setting 29 states. In 2019, NOSORH has set two new goals for the Community Star program. First, we are asking to receive nominations from all 50 states. Second, each nominee must demonstrate how they have plugged into the power and resources provided to them through their State Office of Rural Health.

If you know of an organization or individual that meets one or more of the following criteria, please take a few moments to complete the secure online nomination form and submit them as a 2019 Community Star!

  • Cultivates a vital, innovative rural health landscape and infrastructure
  • Develops leadership capacity to grow rural population health and health equity
  • Builds capacity for rural data-driven program planning and decision making
  • Contributes to rural health innovation, education, collaboration and communication