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Celebrate National Rural Health Day: November 16, 2023!


National Rural Health Day Celebrating the Power of Rural

This is a day to celebrate the uniqueness and charm of rural America and its citizens. Each state office of rural health will be working to increase awareness for rural healthcare and highlighting the efforts and achievements towards advocacy in rural communities. Below you’ll find a few of the highlights and happenings for this year's celebration. When you visit the Power of Rural Website, you’ll see what else is happening across the country. 

Power of Rural

Ways to Celebrate

National Rural Health Day Resources

Explore New NRHD Key Messages & Data Points

The Key Messages & Data Points resource is made available each year to educate various stakeholders on the realities of rural through stories and data. Though the statistics and facts presented in this resource do not tell the whole story, they are essential to understand when developing policies and programs that affect the health of rural communities.

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NRHD Promotional Toolkit

Help support National Rural Health Day and join the “Power of Rural” celebration with the Promotional Toolkit! These free downloadable tools are designed for rural communities, hospitals, clinics, first responders, public health, non-profits, civic organizations, and others who serve and support the health needs of rural communities.


NRHD Hashtags & MCRH Social Media Tags

Make sure to tag the Michigan Center for Rural Health when sharing your 2023 National Rural Health Day celebrations on your social media channels!

MCRH Facebook: @MCRH91

MCRH X (formerly Twitter): @MCRH_91

MCRH LinkedIn: @Michigan Center for Rural Health

Meet the 2023 Michigan Community Star: Mariah Hesse!

The Michigan Center for Rural Health is proud to join NOSORH in honoring Mariah as Michigan's Community Star. Mariah, a lifelong rural resident, has not only made significant contributions to Sparrow Clinton Hospital but has made significant contributions to Michigan’s rural health infrastructure through her role as President of the Michigan Critical Access Hospital Quality Network (MICAH QN), a position she has held since 2018. In addition, her contributions extend beyond the State of Michigan, with Mariah serving on numerous National committees that help shape the patient safety and quality landscape for Critical Access Hospitals across the Nation. 


Congratulations Mariah!

Click here to learn more about Mariah and other Community Stars throughout the country.

Mariah Hesse 2023 Community Star Profile Graphic

Read Governor Gretchen Whitmer's 2023 Rural Health Day Proclamation

2023 Proclamation


For More Information on How to Celebrate the Power of Rural Contact

Communication and Special Programs Manager


Michigan Center for Rural Health