Nearly one in five Americans live and work in rural communities across the nation. National Rural Health Day (NRHD), which falls on the third Thursday of November, recognizes the professionals and volunteers who serve the health care needs in these vital areas. The theme of the day is “Celebrate the Power of Rural,” which highlights both the “can do” spirit of rural America and the unique health care challenges that small towns face.
In this episode of The Cerner Podcast, we’re joined by Teryl Eisinger, executive director at National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), the membership association of the country’s 50 State Offices of Rural Health. It was established in 1995 to assist State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) in their efforts to improve access to quality health care services for more than 60 million rural Americans.
Teryl answers the following questions:
- What is NRHD, and why is it important for people to “Celebrate the Power of Rural?”
- How will the NRHD programs and initiatives advance the overall mission of NOSORH?
- What are a few of the top health care challenges that rural communities face today, and what are some of the things NOSORH and its partners are doing to address these challenges?
- What have been some of the major accomplishments of NOSORH this year and what are the priorities and goals for 2019?
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