I know it’s still summertime – but believe it or not, National Rural Health Day is less than three months away! While National Rural Health Day will again fall on the third Thursday of November – November 15, to be exact – NOSORH is busy planning a series of events and activities leading up to National Rural Health Day in the hopes of making this year’s celebration more exciting. We’re doing this for two reasons: first, we want to give those of you planning your own National Rural Health Day activities a greater opportunity to participate in one or more of NOSORH’s NRHD-related activities; and second, there’s just too much good stuff going on to try to cram into one day! Because we’re going to spread our celebration over several days and to help others planning their own National Rural Health Day celebrations, NOSORH has developed a series of National Rural Health Day Celebration Themes that individuals and organization can use to “focus” their events and activities around specific topics. Primary themes/focus areas that NOSORH plans to address during this year’s celebration include:
- Welcome to Rural America: an overview of rural America and some of the people, places and things that make it unique.
- Exploring the Issues: an overview of some of the most pertinent/critical policy issues facing rural America today.
- Doing More with Less: the economy is bad; budgets are being stretched to the limit; programs are at risk of being cut. What to expect following the presidential/congressional elections, and what can be done to move ahead regardless of their outcomes.
- Provider Appreciation Day: an opportunity to honor the individuals/organizations going to great lengths to meet the healthcare needs of rural residents.
- Looking Toward the Future: a glimpse at what is already being done – and what must be done– to help rural communities prepare to meet their future needs.
- a “Save the Date” Card to help you promote National Rural Health Day to others; and
- a list of National Rural Health Day Key Messages to emphasize when promoting your event and/or reaching out to media, potential partners and other stakeholders.