Friday, September 23, 2011

National Rural Health Day - Celebrate the Power of Rural!

Can you believe that National Rural Health Day is only 55 days away? I hope you’re getting as excited about “Celebrating the Power of Rural” on November 17 as we are!

This is the first of what will be weekly updates between now and November 17 to keep you updated on the materials and resources available to you. Feel free to call/email me (my contact information is below) if you have any questions or need anything.

What’s New:

National Rural Health Day Website – Okay, so technically the website isn’t new … but please be sure to check it out and share the link with everyone if you haven’t done so already! We have added several additional “community success stories” and will continue to do so in the days and weeks to come, so visit often. We’ve also added a few resources that we know you’ve been waiting for:

A Media Release Template
that you can use to announce National Rural Health Day at the local/state level and share the good work you are doing to enhance rural health! The release includes suggestions for places to insert information about your organization throughout the release.

A Button/Magnet Order Form which you can download and submit to order for your celebration.

What’s Coming:
“Community Support” LettersWe are in the process of crafting letters that rural/critical access hospitals, local chambers of commerce and city/town councils can sign and submit to legislators and/or media outlets expressing their support for National Rural Health Day and the importance of supporting rural health programs. More information will be available on those letters in next week’s update.

T-shirt/Scrubs Order FormMany folks have indicated a desire to order T-shirts that can be worn on National Rural Health Day. We’ve been looking into that and hope to have a form for ordering those available very soon.

What We Could Use from You:
Share Your Celebration PlansAs you are making your plans, PLEASE take a moment to fill in this Google Doc and share those plans with us. We want to know what everyone is doing to celebrate National Rural Health Day!
Community Success Stories Keep those stories coming!

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