National Rural Health Association

Improving the Health of 62 Million Rural Americans

40th Annual Rural Health Conference

SD night 350

May 9-12

San Diego, Calif.

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.

2017 Annual Conference Call for Presentations

NRHA is soliciting session proposals for the 2017 Annual Rural Health Conference. This is an opportunity to share effective models, policies, research and information and provide your colleagues with insights and best practices addressing many of the access, quality and geographic issues confronted by rural communities.

Deadline for concurrent sessions is August 11, 2016 and the deadline for research and poster presentations is January 26, 2017

Visit the Annual Conference call for presentations page for more information and to submit.

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 9 directly prior to the Annual Rural Health Conference.

Experience San Diego

San Diego is known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Balboa Park is the site of the world-famous San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public. 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 (before April 13)
$705 member
$805 non-member*

After April 13

$805 member
$905 non-member*

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


Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
1380 Harbor Island Drive 

The Sheraton San Diego Hotel is located across the street from the San Diego International Airport.  Complimentary shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.

NRHA's conference rate is $209 plus tax (currently 10.5%)  Call (877) 734-2726. 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

Session materials from the 2016 Annual Conference in Minneapolis, Minn.

Session materials from the 2015 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, Pa.

Session materials from the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Session materials from the 2013 Annual Conference in Louisville, Ky.

Session materials from the 2012 Annual Conference in Denver, Colo.

Session materials from the 2011 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas. 

Session materials from the 2010 Annual Conference in Savannah, Ga. 

Session materials from the 2009 Annual Conference in Miami Beach, Fla.

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