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National Rural Health Day 2017

Spend the month of November exploring how the NH State Office of Rural Health partners with and serves our rural communities!

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The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November – November 16th, 2017 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). First and foremost, National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America. It also gives us a chance to recognize the unique healthcare challenges faced by rural citizens; and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, the State Office of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 500,000 NH residents – 37% of the population – call them home. These small towns are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other and work together to benefit the greater good. They are also some of the best places to start a business and test your “entrepreneurial spirit.” These communities provide the rest of the country with a wealth of services and commodities, and they are the economic engine that has helped the United States become the world economic power it is today.

These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of uninsured and underinsured citizens. Rural hospitals – which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care – struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents. As with most rural populations, those within New Hampshire tend to be disproportionately older, are more likely to be dependent upon Medicaid or Medicare, or are uninsured, and reside in areas designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas or Medically

Visit the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) to learn more about National Rural Health Day and ways to celebrate!

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