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.

Medical education and health 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.

Pre-conference field visits

Regional Field Visits in Minnesota and Wisconsin

1-5 p.m. May 9

$40 (includes transportation and box lunch)

Minnesota and Wisconsin offer a variety of health care settings for rural and underserved communities and are innovators in medical education and telehealth. Arrive early to Minneapolis to experience a unique tour of one of the sites listed below: 

1. HealthFinders Collaborative, Inc., Fairbault, Minn. Provides quality health care, advocacy and wellness education to people in Rice County with limited health care alternatives.

2. Glencoe Regional Health Services, Glencoe, Minn. A critical access hospital (CAH) and medical education site with three clinics, long-term care services and University of Minnesota Rural Physician Associate Program (RPAP) site.

3. Allina River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls, Wis. A telehealth demonstration at River Falls Area Hospital, a non-profit critical access hospital committed to providing quality, comprehensive care to patients in western Wisconsin, and part of the Allina Telehealth Network.

4. Community University Health Care Center (CUHCC), Minneapolis, Minn. CUHCC is a federally qualified health center (FQHC) and also a department within the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center. Since 1966, CUHCC provides primary care services to children and low-income families in South Minneapolis. 

Register here by April 29 as space is limited. (Registration is within the same link as the Annual Conference.)

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. Contact Lisa Inman at 816-756-3140 with any questions. 

Rural Hospital Innovation Summit attendees use this registration form. 

Annual Conference rates:

Early (extended until April 15)
$695 member
$795 non-member*

After April 15
$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 ads and sponsorships or by becoming a vetted NRHA Partner. 

NRHA offers sponsorships for all events, providing a valuable opportunity for your organization to gain visibility. These sponsorships, ads and partnerships are great ways to get your company's message in the hands of hundreds of attendees. Remember, one-third of all U.S. hospitals are rural facilities.

Download NRHA's 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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