Event Format

In-Person Event


Sun, Feb 11, 2024, 12:00 PM – Wed, Feb 14, 2024, 12:00 PM


Annual Conference

Event Host

Contact Information


The 2024 AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference, February 11-14 in Orlando, will gather more than 1,000 rural health leaders committed to advancing rural health and providing quality care for patients and communities. The conference will feature top rural practitioners sharing actionable strategies and resources aimed at improving access to care, leveraging unique workforce approaches, implementing digital technologies and prioritizing health equity.

We will explore the most significant challenges facing rural health care providers and present innovative approaches to transform care delivery and business practices.

The Rural Health Care Leadership Conference is the American Hospital Association’s annual offering for the rural hospital audience. Since 1987, this conference has been the educational event of choice for rural health care leaders who want to learn from top researchers, strategists, and practitioners who can stimulate their thinking and provide the tools and approaches needed to transform the rural health organization for a sustainable future. The conference is designed for health care leaders from rural hospitals, health care systems with a strong presence in rural communities, rural health clinics, associations and community health organizations. Participants include administrators, trustees, physician executives, nursing administrators, public health officials and community leaders.


Participants will:

  • Develop strategies for a more sustainable and flexible rural health care workforce.
  • Promote the adoption of innovative approaches to improve quality, patient safety and performance in rural health care to enhance patient satisfaction, increase efficiency and reduce costs.
  • Explore disaster preparedness and response plans specific to rural communities.
  • Explore new models of care and payment that align with rural health care systems' needs.
  • Elevate equity and eliminate disparities in treatment, access and outcomes.
  • Advance community and population health and economic development in rural areas through collaborative efforts between health care organizations, public health agencies and community stakeholders.
  • Share inventive approaches to mergers, joint ventures and affiliations to help improve financial stability, operational efficiency and clinical outcomes.
  • Learn how advances in telehealth, information technology and artificial intelligence are improving access in rural communities.
  • Share best practices in health care delivery for American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
  • Highlight best practices for achieving governance excellence in rural health care organizations, including effective leadership, stakeholder engagement and accountability.

Who Should Attend:

  • Rural Hospital CEOs, Administrators, Senior Executives and System Leaders
  • Governing Board Members
  • Nursing and Physician Executives
  • Public Health and Community Leaders
  • Executives of Rural Health Care Associations, Networks and Clinics


February 11-14, 2024

Additional information on the conference is available on the AHA Rural Health Care Leadership Conference website.

AHA Members – Interested in receiving complimentary registration?
Consider our Hosted Buyer Forum to connect with high-quality solutions providers

The Hosted Buyer Forum - February 11, 2024 | 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM - offers a private showcase for hospital and health system leaders interested in connecting with solution providers addressing key hospital issues. Approved applicants are given complimentary registration to the 2024 Rural Conference. After the Forum is complete participants are encouraged to join the Associate and Sponsor Reception for beverages, appetizers and continued conversations.

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