National Rural Health Day recognizes rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why an estimated 57 million people 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.
These rural communities also have unique health care needs. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens. And 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.
That is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November — Nov. 21, 2019 — to celebrate National Rural Health Day.Read Full Story Here