National Rural Health Association

NRHA's 2017 Rural Health Policy Institute

NRHA Conferences Overview

For more than thirty years, the National Rural Health Association has been serving rural communities by advancing and publicizing rural health issues and seeking to solve rural health care challenges. NRHA is the only national organization with a clear mission to improve the delivery of health services in rural areas and the capacity, through its members and staff, to provide research, education, leadership, and informational support to help rural citizens build, maintain, and improve the institutions that can meet their health care needs.

NRHA’s conferences bring together residents of rural communities, rural health professionals of all specialties, representatives of state, local, and national governments, and the full range of private sector rural health organizations to provide relevant and timely information and best practices to all people who care about the health or rural America

Educational Conferences

Each year, NRHA holds eight educational conferences around the country specifically for those who work in rural and frontier health care. These conferences provide an opportunity for isolated rural professionals to join their colleagues for networking, practice-sharing, and information exchange. In addition, NRHA conferences provide quality educational sessions developed specifically for rural and frontier health professionals to learn the latest evidence-based practices, techniques, and research.

Continuing Education

The continuing education needs of all rural health professionals differ in many ways from their peers in urban and suburban areas. NRHA’s conferences provide continuing education credits for many rural health professional through accreditation by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, National Association of Social Workers (state chapters), American College of Healthcare Executives, and state nursing associations. If you are interested in obtaining continuing education credits for other professional organizations, please contact Gabriela Boscan at

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