Thursday, November 16, 2023

Today is Rural Health Day -- a focus on the many people and organizations addressing unique healthcare needs

Today is the 13th annual National Rural Health Day, an opportunity to bring an increased awareness of rural health-related issues and to recognize "the incredible efforts of rural healthcare providers, communities, organizations, State Offices of Rural Health, and other stakeholders dedicated to addressing the unique healthcare needs of rural America," according to the Power of Rural website

Since 2011, Rural Health Day has been set aside as a special focus for the country to observe. In his Presidential Proclamation, President Joe Biden said, "America’s rural communities are indispensable to who we are as a nation, where over 60 million people who live in rural America fuel our economy and help forge our future.  On National Rural Health Day, we recommit to investing in rural communities and delivering affordable, quality health care so that generations of rural Americans can thrive."

The day's celebration includes the unveiling of the "2023 Community of Stars," a recognition program designed to honor extraordinary efforts by individuals and organizations who exemplify the "Power of Rural." A navigational map includes 39 stars chosen by their respective State Office of Rural Health that all have an inspirational story and ideas to share. 

The Power of Rural website is chockablock full of free resources and ideas to support rural health communities including promotional kits and ways to celebrate

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