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Fourth annual National Rural Health Day set to take place on Nov. 20

The fourth annual National Rural Health Day will take place Nov. 20. National Rural Health Day is an initiative of the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and is an event that highlights rural communities as places to live and work, increase awareness of rural health-related issues and promote the efforts of NOSORH and State Offices of Rural Health.

“These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are wonderful places to live and work. They are places where neighbors know each other and work together,” said Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH director. “The hospitals and providers serving these rural communities not only provide quality patient care, but they also help keep good jobs in rural America.”

The Center for Rural Health, North Dakota’s State Office of Rural Health and the North Dakota Rural Health Association is helping promote National Rural Health Day within North Dakota by encouraging individuals to share stories of why rural health is important to them and by holding a photo contest where people can submit photos illustrating what rural health means to them.

Approximately 62 million people — nearly one in five Americans — live in rural and frontier communities throughout the U.S.

 “The obstacles faced by health care providers and patients in rural areas are vastly different than those in urban areas,” said Mike Schwab, North Dakota Rural Health Association president. “National Rural Health Day provides us with an opportunity to celebrate rural health and acknowledge the health care services so many rural North Dakotans depend on every day. National Rural Health Day allows us to say thank you to our rural health care providers and the commitments they make to our rural communities.”

According to the NOSORH website, National Rural Health Day is an NOSORH’s effort to fulfill its mission of promoting the capacity of state offices of rural health to improve health care in rural America through leadership development, advocacy, education and partnerships.

The Center for Rural Health invites everyone to support National Rural Health Day on Nov. 20. All organizations, schools, businesses, providers and individuals are encouraged to participate by submitting information. Registration to participate is free, and your organization or name will be listed on the Center for Rural Health website and included in a letter to the North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to declare National Rural Health Day.

For more information, visit http://ruralhealth .und.edu/rural-health-day or www.celebratepowerof rural.org.

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