NOVEMBER 18, 2021

Celebrate the Power of Rural!

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded spirit that prevails in rural America. NRHD showcases the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face today and into the future.


To help support NRHD and join the celebration of the Power of Rural, we have created an easy-to-use online toolkit.


NOSORH’s annual Community Star recognition program is one of the most popular features of National Rural Health Day.


When you partner with NOSORH, you’re helping to support rural stakeholders working on the front lines.

2021 NRHD Event

Telling the Rural Star Stories!

Get a front row seat for the premier rural event of the year— Behind the Scenes of the Real Rural Stars!

Beyond the headlines of rural health in 2021 are extraordinary people making rural life better with their never-ending endurance, masterful collaboration, and everyday commitment to the communities they serve. This National Rural Health Day virtual live event introduces you to the real power of rural with moving stories and tributes to 50 Community Stars from 50 States!


This is how we made an impact.

Over the past decade, NRHD has transformed a day-long event into a sustainable movement, as evidenced by engaging a broad national audience of policymakers, program funders, partners, and practitioners.

Want to understand the impact of National Rural Health Day? Read our report on all the ways we’ve transformed a single day event into an ongoing national #PowerofRural movement.

Introducing the

2021 Community Stars!

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.

Thank you to everyone who nominated an individual, coalition, or organization making a rural difference. We look forward to announcing the 2021 Community Stars on National Rural Health Day!


When you invest in NOSORH,
you are investing in the #PowerofRural!

Recognizing and participating in National Rural Health Day is one way to demonstrate your commitment to rural health and the “Power of Rural” movement. With support from invaluable partners and collaborators, we expand our reach and the resources we provide to those working to address the unique health challenges facing rural America today and into the future.


You will find a unique endurance quality in those who choose rural health as their career path.


Although resources are often constrained, you’ll find rural health professionals are masterfully skilled at securing solutions.


Behind the story of rural health heroes are extraordinary people collaborating to make rural life better.  


The work of those committed to rural vitality is never-ending. The challenges they encounter are met with determination.

Thankful for Partners that Make an Investment in our Mission


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