National Rural Health Day Schedule of Events

National Rural Health Day Schedule of Events
Thursday – Saturday


Thursday, November 19th

10:00 AM Eastern

National Rural Health Day: Rural Responds to Covid 19
Health Resources Services Administration, Administrator Tom Engels and National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services Chair Jeff Colyer

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Department of Health and Human Service leaders welcome rural community members in commemorating the 10th Annual National Rural Health Day by celebrating successes and reflecting on challenges faced by rural health systems over the past year. The Rural Responds to COVID-19 presentation immediately after their remarks. Three Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grant recipients will talk about resiliency and innovation efforts during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Eastern, continued from Wednesday, November 18

Introducing Telehealth to Rural and Indigenous Communities: A Telehealth 101 Virtual Workshop for Tribes, Part 2
Health Resources Services Administration Office of Regional Operations – Denver, Kansas City, and Dallas


Learn about telehealth promising practices and lessons learned from the field. Telehealth programs that will be highlighted will focus on Maternal Health, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs, Tele-Behavioral Health, as well as innovative approaches to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern

2020 NIH Rural Health Seminar: Rural Health Challenges in the Era of COVID-19
National Institutes of Health


This seminar explores the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, systems, and workforce issues, and community engagement to respond to the pandemic. Attendees MUST register prior to the presentation.

2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Eastern

Striving and Surviving: The Power of Rural is 100% Community
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

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Authors of 100% Community: Ensuring 10 Vital Services for Surviving and Thriving Katherine Ortega Courtney, Ph.D., and Dominic Cappello, along with Matthew Probst, PA-C, featured in the 2018 award-winning documentary, The Providers will discuss the groundbreaking research and the roadmap created to help rural counties press reset and learn how to work together in new ways to create local systems of health, safety, education and economic stability.

2:00 PM– 3:00 PM Eastern  

Dial in: 1-888-455-1397 | Conference Passcode: 9375124 TTY services: 7-1-1 or 1-800-855-2880

The Rural Health Open Door Forum (ODF) addresses Rural Health Clinic (RHC), Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) issues, as well as some inclusion of other questions and concerns that occur in clinical practice pertaining to other CMS payment systems that also extend into these settings. This call will focus on the latest rural health efforts and National Rural Health Day activities from CMS.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Eastern

National Rural Health Day Market Update
Stroudwater Associates and National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health Presenter: Eric K. Shell, Director and Chairman, Stroudwater Associates

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NOSORH, in partnership with Stroudwater Associates, announces a special market update on National Rural Health Daye for rural healthcare stakeholders. Join us to stay current on the changes in the healthcare marketplace in order to strategize responses to ensure vital services for rural communities.

Friday, November 20th

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Eastern

Rural Oral Health Summit
Presented by: Zufall Community Health Center and the NJ State Office of Rural Health. HRSA’s ORO-New York is on the planning committee.

Online capacity of the symposium is open to the first 500 attendees.

This presentation is the state’s second Rural Oral Health Care Summit. It addresses the integration of oral health in rural communities. RADM Tim Ricks, the Assistant Surgeon General, Chief Dental Officer, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Renee Joskow and Dr. Marcia Brand will also be presenting.

Saturday, November 21st

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Eastern

2nd Annual Rural Health Clinical Congress – Live Virtual Conference
Presented by the Rural Medical Educator Collaborative Moderated by Barbara P. Yawn, MD, MSc, MPH

Do you serve patients in rural and underserved areas? Join us for our 2nd Annual Rural Health Clinical Congress – a virtual live CME/CE conference on Saturday, November 21, 2020! Hear from rural health moderator, Dr. Barbara Yawn, and subject matter experts on a variety of topics relevant to rural primary care practice. Registration is free.

Oregon Office of Rural Health Virtual Town Hall

The Governor has declared November to be Oregon Rural Health Month! We are holding our Oregon Rural Health Conference during Oregon Rural Health Month.

On NRHD, Sen. Jeff Merkley will hold a virtual rural town hall!!

Event LocationThe Web
Event Time9.00 PT
Specific Event DetailsVirtual Town Hall

Spectrum Enterprise Supports NRHD

To celebrate National Rural Health Day, Spectrum Enterprise is supporting the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health by engaging with rural healthcare clients and prospects with thought leadership content about the importance of connectivity and patient experience. We also invite rural health stakeholders to join us in taking the #PowerofRural pledge by driving them to our website to learn more about how we can help them navigate the Rural Health Care Program. Also to speak with a Rural Healthcare Solutions Expert to assess its IT infrastructure and discuss their connectivity needs.

We also invited our Rural Healthcare Account Executives to send us their testimonials on what the Power of Rural means to them and their rural healthcare clients so that we could feature them in a blog to post on social media and encourage everyone across our organization to help spread the word. And join us in taking the pledge to collaborate, educate, communicate, and innovate to help make a difference in rural lives.

Washington State Art Contest

The Office of Rural Health at the Washington State Department of Health is continuing its highly successful calendar art contest that results in a 13-month wall calendar. Students (K-12) of the State of Washington are asked to draw a picture of what makes their rural area a healthy and great place to live. Students whose art is selected receive prizes. All art is available (with the parent or guardian’s permission) to the agency to use in publications both internally & externally. Eastern Washington University and Western Washington University have been long partners and with their help, we have engaged public library and school districts both small and large

Following up and expanding last year’s effort to inform internal partners we doubled the number of informational bulletins to celebrate National Rural Health. Every week through November and after NRHD we will post on the following topic areas: What is Rural Health Day? Who are the members of the Office of Rural Health? What are the facts about Rural Health? This last one will include a link to the NOSORH/NRHD video The Providers. And the final posting will show the winners of the calendar contest.


REACH Waushara “Steps Around Wisconsin”

REACH Waushara is using social media, namely Facebook, to promote the National Rural Health Day on the REACH Waushara Facebook page and the Sand County Striders Facebook page. County partners are sharing the event invitation on their social media, also. In addition, we have three eye-appealing fliers that are being posted around Waushara County, Wisconsin to promote “Steps Around Wisconsin” where participants will track their steps on November 19th. The goal is to collectively walk 1,379 miles which is the distance around the perimeter of Wisconsin.

Event LocationWisconsin
Event TimeNovember 19
Specific Event DetailsThe REACH Waushara Wellness Coalition is promoting “Steps Around Wisconsin” where participants will track their steps on November 19th. The goal is to collectively walk 1,379 miles which is the distance around the perimeter of Wisconsin. Participants register to join the activity and submit the total steps they walk or run. This is the second year we’ve done this activity. Last year there were 283 participants that logged 880 miles.

FHLI/NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance Virtual Event

NCRHLA is hosting a webinar to “Celebrate the Power and Joy of Rural,” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America. This event will spotlight the responsiveness and resiliency of our rural communities, and highlight the joy and benefits of choosing to live in a rural community. Attendees will hear from Matthew Hoagland, author of “Think Small: A Millennial’s Guide to Building a Meaningful Life in Rural America,” as well as from Sophia Paulos, Economic Development Director of Graham County, who will share details about the county’s innovative paramedicine program. NCRHLA is partnering with the NC Rural Center, NC Dept. of Health & Human Services, and Hometown Strong to host this virtual event.

Event LocationVirtual
Event Time11:00 AM
Specific Event Details

BOGO Free Fitness Center Membership

The Charles City County Parks and Recreation plan to increase rural health by offering a Buy ONE, Get ONE Free Fitness Center Membership to the Charles City County Fitness Center. They also plan to get residents engaged by passing out the National Rural Health Day Coloring Book and have an Amateur Photo Contest.

For inquiries, please contact Kimberly Barrow.

3-Part Podcast Series by the Minnesota Rural Health Conference Hosts

Creating a 3-part podcast series developed by the Minnesota Rural Health Conference hosts – the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH) Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORHPC), the National Rural Health Resource Center, and the Minnesota Rural Health Association (MRHA).

During the third week of November, we will release three podcasts that will cover rural health issues and how the pandemic has affected health care in Minnesota. #1 features the MN Commissioner of Health, #2 features an epidemiologist from the MN Dept. of Health, and #3 features findings from the MDH COVID-specific workforce survey.

Event Time11/17, 11/18, 11/19
Specific Event DetailsPodcasts released Tues, Wed, Thurs!

AHEC West Facebook Event

The entire staff at AHEC West will share a photo and their “WHY” – why we live and work rurally. We are excited to share our PowerPoint and highlight the beautiful area where we live, work, and play!

Join AHEC on their Facebook page on National Rural Health Day!

Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation | Talk with a Rural Doc

On National Rural Health Day, please join the Northwest Osteopathic Medical Foundation for another in our Talk with a Rural Doc series.

We invite all medical school students and premed students interested in rural medicine to join us for a Q & A session with Dr. Sean Schultz who practices in Sandy, OR at the base of Mt. Hood.

This session will on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19 at 6:30 p.m. PACIFIC. The session is FREE, but registration is required. Register at

Feel free to share this with other students you know that might be interested.

Event LocationZOOM Event
Event Time6:30 p.m. PACIFIC
Specific Event Details