National Rural Health Day to be Celebrated November 21

NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and Others Planning Events Nationwide

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich., Nov. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- For the third consecutive year, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and all 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) will join forces with other local, state, and national rural healthcare providers and stakeholders to celebrate National Rural Health Day.  This year's celebration will take place on Thursday, November 21.


America's rural communities face unique healthcare concerns: a lack of healthcare providers; accessibility issues, particularly in terms of transportation and technology; and affordability issues as the result of larger percentages of un-/underinsured citizens and greater out-of-pocket health costs, to name a few. Meanwhile, rural hospitals and health systems face declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels that make it challenging to meet the physical, social and economic needs of their communities.

NOSORH launched National Rural Health Day in 2011 increase awareness of these issues and highlight the efforts of SORHs and others in addressing those issues.  "National Rural Health Day provides the opportunity to 'Celebrate the Power of Rural' and tout the good work being performed by, and on behalf of, America's 59.5 million rural citizens," notes NOSORH Executive Director Teryl Eisinger.

SORHs in particular play a key role in addressing those needs, Eisinger explains. All 50 states maintain a SORH, each of which shares a similar mission: to foster relationships, disseminate information and provide technical assistance that improves access to quality health care for rural citizens. "Together, these State Offices provide technical assistance to nearly 30,000 rural communities each year," she says.

National Rural Health Day events are being planned nationwide by SORHs and others on November 21.  As in year's past, NOSORH will host a series of free webinars on National Rural Health Day.  Scheduled topics, times, and speakers include:

NOSORH is also planning to host a National Rural Health Day Press Conference/Celebration at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. at 10:00 a.m. EST on November 21; details will be forthcoming.  To learn more about National Rural Health Day, visit; to learn more about NOSORH, visit

Contacts   Bill Hessert at 814.360.1964,; Teryl Eisinger at 586.850.5257,

Media Contact: Teryl Eisinger, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, 586-850-5257,

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SOURCE National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health

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