National Rural Health Day

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Rural Health is proud to celebrate our 50th Anniversary this year on National Rural Health Day. On this special occasion, we take the opportunity to recognize the selfless, community-minded spirit of health professionals and volunteers in North Carolina communities.

National Rural Health Day falls on the third Thursday in November each year and recognizes the efforts of those serving the health needs of 4.6 million people who live in one of the state’s 70 rural counties across North Carolina.

NC Office of Rural Health 50th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Embracing the Future

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2023

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As part of National Rural Health Day, our office plans to host a hybrid event beginning at 10:00 AM. The event is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded spirit that prevails in rural America. NRHD showcases the efforts of rural health care providers, The State Office of Rural Health, and other rural stakeholders to address the unique health care challenges rural citizens face today and in the future.

Events include a special presentation of the National Rural Health Day Gubernatorial Proclamation, recognition of North Carolina’s Community Star, and a celebration of local leaders across the state. The event is sponsored by the NC Office of Rural Health, NC Rural Health Association, NC Rural Center, and Hometown Strong.

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Morning Event: Summary Agenda

In recognition of the NC Office of Rural Health's 50th Anniversary and National Rural Health Day, the NC Office of Rural Health and the North Carolina Rural Health Association along with its partners will offer a unique opportunity to hear from federal partners, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health Resources Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, and the United States Department of Agriculture as well as our own state and local leaders as we “Honor our Past, Celebrate our Present and Embrace the Future” of the Power of Rural in North Carolina.

The program will cover topics such as Healthy Aging in Rural, The Future of Rural Health Focusing on the Youth Voice, Community Engagement, and the Celebration of NC Community Star, Dr. Karen Smith. 

Keynote Address: Rural Social Drivers of Health
Patrick Woodie of The NC Rural Center 

This event is dedicated to celebrating the individuals and organizations in North Carolina striving to enhance the well-being of their rural communities.

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