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Celebrate Rural Health

Oct 15, 2021

National Rural Health Day is November 18 National Rural Health Day has been a staple for over a decade and is more important than ever. Every year, since 2011, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of November to celebrate rural health across the country. This year, we want you to join us in celebrating this national movement.

What is National Rural Health Day?

This is an opportunity to "Celebrate the Power of Rural" by honoring the selfless, community-minded spirit that prevails in rural America. This day is an opportunity to not only showcase the efforts and innovation of rural healthcare, but also to ensure rural healthcare providers know how valued they are, to their communities, their state, and the country.

We challenge our healthcare organizations and facilities to find a way to celebrate and show support for National Rural Health Day on November 18! If you share anything on social media, use #PowerofRural to join with the thousands of others who will also be celebrating rural health.

Show Your Support

Think about how your organization can celebrate National Rural Health Day and tell us your plans by November 5. By signing up to show your support, your facility will be included on the Center for Rural Health's National Rural Health Day page. Even if you don't yet know what you want to do to celebrate, please fill out the form to let us know that you support this day of recognition.

Photo Contest and Activities

This year, the Center for Rural Health and North Dakota Rural Health Association plans include:

Other Ideas

In previous years:

  • One hospital had children color the coloring page and then hung them up
  • Another facility hosted a Scrubs Camp on National Rural Health Day
  • Others have hosted staff luncheons/receptions and taken staff photos