The 5th Annual National Rural Health Day 2015: Celebrating the Power of Rural America

Nov 18, 2015, 13:07 ET from National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In rural communities across America, health professionals are dedicated to providing high quality innovative health care.  As a way to honor rural providers and the generous community-minded spirit of rural America, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and the fifty State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) will join forces with partners, and stakeholders to celebrate The 5th Annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

"National Rural Health Day is the one day each year we take time to focus on the power of rural communities to innovate and provide the care needed to the millions of people who call rural America home." said Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director.  Hospitals, clinics and EMS providers not only provide quality, accessible care to residents and visitors but they are major contributors to the economic foundation to support the vitality of those rural and frontier communities.  National Rural Health Day raises awareness nationwide that ensuring rural communities have prompt access to quality health care is critical to their residents' well-being.

In honor of the fifth anniversary of the day, NOSORH is publishing Real Doc Hollywoods and Community Stars to highlight just a few of the healthcare providers and programs around the country who have made a positive impact on health in their local community.  "The stories show the dedication, the collaboration and the spirit that is making a difference in the lives of rural people every day.  They will make great stories for statewide and local news media outlets," says Kassie Clarke, NOSORH Communication and Development Director. 

The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and its partners will sponsor "Celebrating the Power of Rural" webinars and webcasts throughout the day including information on system reform, serving veterans, rural resources and child poverty.  Speakers include national experts, US Department of Health and Human Services Acting Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary Wakefield and Chad Maisel, advisor to the White House Rural Council. All webinars are available to the public.  Full details are available on the NOSORH Website.

Join us on November 19, 2015 as we celebrate these accomplishments of rural Americans and the health professionals that serve them. Also join our twitter campaign using the hashtag: #powerofrural

NOSORH is a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization of State Offices of Rural Health working to support rural America.  For more information visit us at  There is a State Office of Rural Health in every state in the nation. For more information about their work visit

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SOURCE National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health