The Selfless, Community Minded Spirit of Rural America

These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un-and underinsured citizens. Rural hospitals - which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care - struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.

What is National Rural Health Day?

National Rural Health Day (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.

Power of Rural

Founded by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) in 2011, NRHD celebrates the "Power of Rural" every third Thursday of November. NRHD honors the dedication of rural providers, State Offices of Rural Heath, and other stakeholders who tackle the challenges faced by rural communities.

Rooted in Community

Rural America, where neighbors become family, thrives on deep connections fostered through generations. This spirit of togetherness fuels a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, where residents pursue their dreams and build businesses that serve their communities and contribute to the nation's economic well-being.

Disparities in Rural Healthcare

Strained by limited access, provider shortages, and an aging population with complex health needs, rural healthcare systems struggle. These hospitals, often the sole providers in their communities, face financial burdens due to declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels.

2023 NRHD Highlights

Want to understand the impact of NRHD? Explore a summary of last year’s highlights and successes in this fact sheet.