National Rural Health Association

Improving the Health of 62 Million Rural Americans

20th Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference

Love Park

April 14, 2015

Philadelphia, Pa.

The Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference is one of the National Rural Health Association's fastest growing conferences. One of the only meetings in the nation to focus on rural multiracial and multicultural health issues, this event offers attendees the opportunity to meet with peers and experts who share unique concerns and interests. This conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and health care services to this underserved and often under-represented portion of the rural population.

Conference agenda

For the full agenda, click here

For a full list of the accepted research posters, click here.  

Call for Presentations

Submission deadline: September 30, 2014
Poster submmission deadline: January 31, 2015

Submission and general Information:

  1. Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
  2. Please specify session format, track and topic.
  3. A letter of acceptance will be mailed by mid October for concurrent sessions and mid February for poster presentations. 
  4. Presenters may not use any conference presentation to market products or services; display tables are available for that purpose.
  5. If accepted, presenters must register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. In addition, no honoraria or travel expense reimbursement will be provided for any presenter submitting through the "call for presentations. 

Fill out a submission form in order to be considered for a session at NRHA's 2015 Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference. Presentations not submitted through this form will not be considered. Please contact Gaby Boscan at 202-639-0550 with questions.

Webinar Series

The Multiracial and Multicultural Rural Health Council will be hosting a webinar series throughout the year. Pleace check this page for updates on dates and topics and a recording of the webinars for those unable to listen in.

September 9, 2014 - The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and rural minority communities presented by Gina Rodriguez, Director of AAPI, Latino Affairs, MH & LTSS, Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs & Kasia Witkowski, Director of Foundations, Patient Advocacy, Public Health, Rural Health, and Insurers, Office of Intergovernmental and Exteral Affairs. 

Watch a recording of the webinar or download a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.

Scholarships Available

All scholarships have been awarded at this time. 

Registration information

Conference rates:

Early (before March 23)
$160 member
$260 non-member*
Student $80

After March 23
$240 member
$340 non-member*
Student $120

* Price includes a one-year complimentary membership for first-time NRHA members. Register online or download the registration form to email, mail or fax. 


Marriott Philadelphia Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA  19107

The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown is located in the heart of the city, just eight blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, one mile from the 30th Street Train Station, and 10 miles from Philadelphia International Airport.  

NRHA's discounted rate is $199 per night plus tax, currently 15.5%. Book your reservation online or call (800) 320-5744 and reference National Rural Health Association.  Deadline is Monday March 23 or when rooms sell out.  NRHA conferences always sell out early, so don't delay booking your room.

Exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers


Interested in exhibiting? A limited number of tables are available. Click here to download the registration form. If you have any questions about exhibiting, contact Kathy Siress at 816-756-3140. 

Advertisers and Sponsors

Don't miss the opportunity to increase your visibility in the rural market with a conference program ad or sponsorship. Click  here for more information on the many ways you can sponsor our 2015 Multiracial and Multicultural Conference

NRHA offers sponsorships for all events, providing a valuable opportunity for your organization to gain visibility. Download NRHA's current Visibility Guide and contact Larry Bedell to learn more.

Rosemary McKenzie Legacy Award

Rosemary McKenzie's passion for rural health and dedication to multicultural and multiracial populations were unparalleled. Rosemary served as the National Rural Health Association's minority liasion and program services manager in the Kansas City, Mo., office for 27 years. She died in 2011 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. 

To carry on Rosemary McKenzie's legacy and honor her memory, the National Rural Health Association has established the Rosemary McKenzie Legacy Award to be presented annually during the Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Conference, a conference she predominantly and passionately coordinated. The award winner will receive free registration to the 2015 conference and a $1,000 stipend to be used for travel and accommodations for the event, where they will be recognized. 

NRHA is looking for individuals who have mobilized their communities and have dedicated their lives to improving the health of multiracial and multicultural populations in the same spirit as Rosemary. 

For more information on the nomination criteria and to submit a nomination visit the Rosemary McKenzie Legacy Award submission form. The submission deadline is Jan. 15, If you have any questions, contact Gaby Boscan at or 202-639-0550. 

To donate, send a tax-deductable contribution to 4501 College Blvd Ste 225 Leawood, KS 66211. Please make checks out to "Rural Health Leadership and Education Foundation" and indicate "Rosemary Legacy Fund" on the memo line.

You can also donate directly to the Rosemary Legacy fund through the Paypal button below.

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