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Health Equity Conference

May 8, 2018 New Orleans, La.

NRHA's Health Equity 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 the same 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.

Stick around for NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation's largest gathering of rural health pros, May 8-11.

Call for presentations and research

Please consider contributing a poster submission for this one of a kind event by March 22.

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  • icon-scholarships Scholarships

    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 2018 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 formThe submission deadline is March 22nd, If you have any questions, contact Gaby Boscan at 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.

  • icon-rates Rates

    Register online by selecting "2018 Annual Conference" or download the registration form to email, mail or fax.

    Early registration rates (before April 16)
    $180 for members
    $280 for non-members*
    $90 for students

    Registration rates after April 16
    $280 member
    $380 non-member*
    $140 for students

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

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    Interested in exhibiting? A limited number of tables are available so download the registration form to reserve your spot.

    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 2018 engagement guide, or contact Larry Bedell to learn more.

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

  • icon-building Accommodations

    The Marriott New Orleans Hotel is located at 555 Canal St. in the heart of the French Quarter, 16 miles from the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.

    NRHA’s discounted rate is $215 plus tax (currently 13% plus $3 per night city occupancy tax). The hotel discount deadline is April 16 or when rooms sell out. NRHA events consistently sell out early so don’t delay in 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.