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National Rural Health Day 2021 - Kids Coloring Book (English and Spanish)

You can access the National Rural Health Day 2021 - Kids Coloring Book by clicking one of the buttons below.


ORHA Professional Development Funding Opportunity


  • To promote professional development and training of individuals who contribute to the mission and vision of ORHA.
  • All applicants must be current ORHA members. Students are eligible to apply.Training, seminar, conference, or education must relate to rural healthcare.
  • Scholarship application must be submitted prior to deadline: June 20st, 2022 by 5 p.m.
  • Application must include an outline of content and an itemized statement of fees.
  • Proof of payment and proof of attendance are to be submitted to the ORHA Board within 30 days of attendance. The ORHA Board will then reimburse approved expenses. All receipts must be turned in by September 15th, 2021 for eligible reimbursement.
  • Agreement to have names, experiences and/or photos utilized in ORHA publications.
Awarded Amounts:
  • Up to $500.00 will be reimbursed per applicant. Funds may be used for accommodations, travel expenses (mileage and airfare), and registration fees.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the ORHA Board, and applicants will be notified via email. All award decisions of the board are final.
  • Approved applicants will be notified by June 25th, 20212 by 5 p.m. Acceptance must be submitted within the following week.
Questions may be directed to Ken Martin,, or Beth Kluding, 

2021 Policy Agenda

Differences in Preventive Care Among Rural Residents by Race and Ethnicity

Disparities in preventive care by both rural-urban location and by race and ethnicity are well-documented in the literature, as discussed below, but less is known about whether there are differences in health care use among rural residents by race and ethnicity. In this brief, we address that gap by examining differences in preventive care among rural residents by race and ethnicity.

Inequities in Access to Care in Rural Areas

Final NRHA 2021 Advocacy Document

2021 Requests for the Biden Administration

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) applauds the Biden Administration for identifying rural health as a critical priority. NRHA stands ready to provide information and assistance to the Administration as they begin their efforts. We provide the Administration with the following programmatic and regulatory actions that should be taken to further stabilize and support rural health care.

COVID-19 Research articles

The Journal of Appalachian Health has published several research articles about COVID-19 and its impacts in rural communities. 

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