National Rural Health Association

Improving the Health of 62 Million Rural Americans

NRHA's Health Equity Conference


May 10, 2016

Minneapolis, Minn.

NRHA's Health Equity Conference, formerly known as the Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Conference, is one of the National Rural Health Association's fastest growing conferences. One of the only meetings in the nation to focus on health equity issues in rural America, 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

2016 Health Equity Conference draft agenda.

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.)

Registration information

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


Conference rates:

Early (extended until April 15)
$160 member
$260 non-member*
Student $80

After April 15
$260 member
$360 non-member*
Student $120

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


Hilton Minneapolis
1001 Marquette Street
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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 discounted rate is $185 per night plus tax, currently 13.4%. Book your reservation online or call (888) 933-5363 and reference National Rural Health Association. Deadline is Thursday April 7 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 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.

Learn about the many ways you can sponsor our Health Equity Conference.

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 liaison 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 Health Equity Conference, a conference she predominantly and passionately coordinated. The award winner will receive free registration to the 2016 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 underserved 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. 28, If you have any questions, contact Gaby Boscan at or 202-639-0550. 

To donate, send a tax-deductible 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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