National Rural Health Day

National Rural Health Day, Nov 16

2017 National Rural Health Day logo

National Rural Health Day is celebrated the third Thursday of every November.

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work. But these communities also have unique healthcare needs which is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside this day to celebrate rural health with all of its partners. National Rural Health Day is not only an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” (#powerofrural) by honoring rural American communities, it also gives us a chance to highlight the unique healthcare challenges that rural residents face and showcase the efforts of those addressing these challenges.

2017 Minnesota Governor's Rural Health Day Proclamation

PDF of the State of Minnesota Rural Health Day Proclamation

  • WHEREAS, Minnesota's rural communities are tight-knit places where people know each other and work together; and

  • WHEREAS, Rural hospitals and health systems are often the largest employers and the economic foundation of rural communities and regions; and

  • WHEREAS, Meeting the unique health care needs of Minnesota’s rural residents requires innovation and resourcefulness that reach beyond geographic boundaries and demographic challenges; and

  • WHEREAS, Rural Minnesota's health professionals, hospitals, and clinics are dedicated to delivering high-quality and community-centered care to underserved Minnesotans; and

  • WHEREAS, Emergency medical services are crucial in rural Minnesota because time-critical, lifesaving care is needed across wide geographies with limited access to definitive critical care; and

  • WHEREAS, on Thursday, November 16, 2017, National Rural Health Day will be celebrated throughout the United States.

  • NOW, THEREFORE, I, MARK DAYTON, Governor of Minnesota, do hereby proclaim Thursday, November 16, 2017, as Rural Health Day in the State of Minnesota.


  • In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Minnesota to be affixed at the State Capitol this 17th day of November. Mark Dayton, Governor.
  • Steve Simon, Secretary of State.

Websights: Three hot topics in only 30 minutes each!

These web sessions are designed to give you great insight in to the issues that are important in our real rural world!

2:30-3:00pm ET – How to Help Policy Leaders Understand the Impact of Rural Health

Featuring: Andrew Coats, Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman and Maggie Elehwany JD, Vice President of Government Affairs, National Rural Health Association

3:30-4:00pm ET – The Five Characteristics Common to Thriving Rural Health Networks

Featuring: Kap Wilkes, Director of Program Development, National Rural Health Resource Center

4:30-5:00pm ET – Project C.L.E.A.N. | (Community Leaders Eliminating the Abuse of Narcotics) A Model for Physician Partnerships and Community Collaboration

Featuring: Emily Dilley, Director of Marketing, Columbus Community Hospital

Registration is open!

Workforce Twitter Chat

As part of its promotional events for NRHD, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSAs) Bureaus and Offices, spearheaded by Federal Office of Rural Health (FORHP), will moderate a series of Twitter chats, one topic a day at 3 p.m. EST on Monday (the 13th), Tuesday (the 14th), and Wednesday (the 15th). The topics will focus on workforce development, the social determinants of health, and behavioral health, respectively. Join the Twitter chat conversations by following @HRSAgov and the #OurRural.

Join the Twitter chat conversations by following @HRSAgov and the #OurRural.

Take the Pledge to Partner

We want to transform National Rural Health Day (NRHD) into a year-long commitment to bring collective focus to specific healthcare issues facing rural communities across the United States. When you submit this form, you will receive information about activities and success stories from NRHD 2017. You will also receive updates and details about plans to keep NRHD top-of-mind in 2018, tips on how to promote the annual National Rural Health Day, learn of opportunities for collaboration, and feature stories about rural health innovation and the Power of Rural! #powerofrural

Walk With a Rural Doc

As part of National Rural Health Day, State Offices of Rural Health are inviting rural hospitals and health clinics in their states to host a Walk with a Doc event for their communities. Walk with a Doc was founded in 2005 by Dr. David Sabgir, a cardiologist from Columbus, Ohio, frustrated with his inability to affect behavior change in the clinical setting, so he invited his patients to go for a walk with him in a local park. To his surprise, over 100 people showed up, energized and ready to move. Soon, Dr. Sabgir’s great idea spread, and today, there are over 300 Walk with a Doc chapters across the country. Walk with a Doc is a fun and easy way to engage communities in better health, and, celebrate the Power of Rural.

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Updated Thursday, November 09, 2017 at 05:16PM