National Rural Health Association

Improving the Health of 62 Million Rural Americans

39th Annual Rural Health Conference

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

May 10-13

Minneapolis, Minn.

NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference is the nation's largest rural health conference, created for all of those with an interest in rural health care, including rural health practitioners, hospital administrators, clinic directors and lay health workers, social workers, state and federal health employees, academics, community members and more.

Conference agenda

View the full 2016 conference agenda with session descriptions.

Health education and equity events

The annual Rural Medical Education Conference and Health Equity Conference (formerly the Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference) will both be held May 10 directly prior to the Annual Rural Health Conference.

Scholarships available

NRHA makes scholarship funds available for students and community members with a critical need for financial support with conference expenses. Additional information and the scholarship application can be found here.

Experience Minneapolis

One-of-a-kind attractions. Tax-free shopping. Nationally praised dining. World-class theater. Museums galore. Green space. In Minneapolis Saint Paul, you get two cities worth for the price of one.  Click here for visitor information. 

NRHA certificates of attendance will be available at the registration desk. Attendees may use these certificates with third-party organizations or their employer as documentation of having received conference hours of instruction.

Registration information

Register online or download the registration form to email or mail.

Rural Hospital Innovation Summit attendees use this registration form. 

Annual Conference rates:

Early (before April 7)
$695 member
$795 non-member*

After April 7
$795 member
$895 non-member*

* Price includes a one-year complimentary membership for first-time NRHA members.


Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Avenue 

The Hilton Minneapolis is located in the center of the financial district, 12 miles from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP).  Taxi service from the airport is $35, Lightrail Train to downtown is $2.25, and SuperShuttle offers a 12% discount to conference attendees on round trips booked online.

NRHA's conference rate is $185 plus tax (currently 13.4%) Book your room reservation online or call (888) 933-5363.  NRHA conferences always sell out early, so don't delay booking your room.

Fraud alert

Some NRHA’s members have been contacted by companies claiming to represent NRHA in booking hotel reservations for this conference.  This is unfortunately a widespread problem in the meeting industry. NRHA does not use a third party booking service, and hotel reservations can be booked directly.

Exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers

Advertisers and Sponsors

Don't miss the opportunity to increase your visibility in the rural market with a conference program ad or sponsorship. NRHA offers sponsorships for all events, providing a valuable opportunity for your organization to gain visibility. Ads in NRHA's conference program and Rural Roads magazine are great ways to get your company's name in the hands of 800 attendees.  Download NRHA's current Visibility Guide or contact Larry Bedell to learn more.

Annual Conference recaps

Click here for session materials from the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Click here for session materials from the 2013 Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky.

Click here for session materials from the 2012 Annual Conference in Denver, Colo.

Click here for a recap of the 2011 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas.  

Click here for a recap of the 2010 Annual Conference in Savannah, Ga. 

Click here for a recap of the 2009 Annual Conference in Miami Beach, Fla.

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