National Rural Health Day 2021
National Rural Health Day, is November 18, 2021 and this whole week, we will shine a spotlight on the rural hospitals and health systems working hard to provide local access to care for the 60 million Americans who live in rural areas.
To follow along on social media, please use the hashtag #PowerofRural
Rural health organizations nationwide have implemented new, bold ideas practices to continue to thrive amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Throughout the pandemic, the AHA has produced a number of resources dedicated to helping rural hospitals and health systems during unprecedented times, including innovative solutions to improving access to local care, maternal health outcomes, staffing shortages, eliminating health inequities and disparities, preventing burnout and more.
The Chair File
Rural Hospitals Are Vital to the Health of Our Nation
AHA’s Board Chair, Rod Hochman, M.D., president and CEO of Providence in Renton, Wash., discusses some of the unique challenges facing rural hospitals today and how innovative leadership can pave the way for better health outcomes. Read more
Shareable Graphics Illustrating
Rural Health Issues
The AHA has created shareable graphic images you may use to highlight the unique challenges facing rural communities and to illustrate the important work rural hospitals and health systems are doing to protect local access to care for nearly 60 million Americans.
In honor of National Rural Health Day, AHA has produced a compendium of resources
for hospital and health systems. These efforts include:
November 18, 2021 Facebook Live Event
AHA Facebook Live with Titus Regional Medical Center CEO Terry Scoggins on Rural Health Issues
Join the AHA for a Facebook Live discussion with Titus Regional Medical Center in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. ET to discuss the unique challenges facing rural communities. CEO Terry Scoggins will discuss how the hospital has persevered in the past year amidst the COVID-19 public health emergency and share innovative practices it implemented to help patients improve health outcomes. You can submit questions live by tuning in to AHA’s Facebook page at the time of the Facebook Live. After the Facebook Live airs, we will have a replay available.
Filling the Obstetrical Care Gap in Rural Virginia
The AHA has prioritized improving maternal child outcomes through a vast array of resources and campaigns, including a new blog interviewing Makunda Abdul-Mbacke, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist who shares the challenges she faces in her rural Virginia community and her hopes for the future of rural health. Read more.
Eliminating Health Inequities and Disparities in Rural Communities to Improve Health Outcomes
In part 1 of this two-part series, Ruby Kirby, CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare Bolivar Hospital and West Tennessee Healthcare Camden Hospital, shares her insights on how rural hospitals are working to eliminate health inequities and disparities in their communities, including tactics for healthier eating and exercise. Read more.
Building Vaccine Confidence in Rural Communities
In part 2 of this two-part series, Ruby Kirby, CEO of West Tennessee Healthcare Bolivar Hospital and West Tennessee Healthcare Camden Hospital, shares her insights on how rural hospitals and health systems can work with their communities to build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine, including education, partnerships and addressing social determinants of health. Read more.
The Greatest Challenges Confronting Rural Communities and Providers
The AHA continues to advocate for rural hospitals and health systems on Capitol Hill and beyond, elevating the most pressing issues facing rural hospitals nationwide. On this podcast, AHA’s director of rural health services, John Supplitt, moderates a discussion among AHA experts Priya Bathija, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Sue Ellen Wagner, Vice President of Trustee Services, Rebecca Chickey, Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services and Elisa Arespacochaga, Vice President of Clinical Affairs Workforce. Listen here.