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Rural Hospital Innovation Summit

May 4-7, 2021 A virtual event

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Let's put our heads together and push for rural health care progress with more than 80 innovative, practical, and cost-saving sessions at NRHA’s 6th Rural Hospital Innovation Summit, 44th Annual Rural Health Conference, and more May 4-7 in our new virtual environment.

The nation’s largest gathering of rural health professionals occurrs alongside the Summit, where rural hospital professionals find the next level of inspiration and take winning strategies home.

These events are created for anyone 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.

  • icon-agenta Agenda

    2021 agenda:

    2021 Rural Hospital Innovation Summit draft agenda (updated 04.08.21)

    Past agendas:

    The Rural Hospital Innovation Summit is designed to make the most of your time. Topics include:
    • leveraging population health outcomes
    • frontiers in value-based care
    • advancing payment innovation
    • workforce recruitment and retention
    • models of community coordination
    • new revenue opportunities
    Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the top innovators thriving in rural health care and network with other high-performing leaders at this premier event.

    Who should attend

    The summit is designed to gather the country’s top rural hospital leaders and innovators with a simple goal in mind: show how rural hospitals can thrive in today’s rocky health care landscape. 
    •             board members                       
    •             chief executive officers
    •             chief medical officers
    •             chief nursing officers
    •             chief financial officers
    •             chief innovation officers
    •             emerging leaders

    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 7 directly prior to the Annual Rural Health Conference.

    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.

  • icon-scholarships Scholarships

    NRHA is now accepting applications for full-cost scholarships to attend the association’s virtual Annual Rural Health Conference events:

    The scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to students and community members with a critical need for financial support with conference expenses.

    Funds will be granted to individuals who meet the eligibility criteria and who are unable to attend NRHA’s events without such support.

  • icon-rates Rates

    Register for NRHA's virtual events

    Rural Hospital Innovation Summit
    Member: $368
    Non-Member: $418
    Student: $184

    Annual Conference
    Member: $368
    Non-Member: $418
    Student: $184

    Health Equity Conference
    Member: $100
    Non-Member: $150
    Student: $50

    Rural Medical Education Conference
    Member: $103
    Non-Member: $153
    Student: $52

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

    ^ students receive a 50 percent discount on member rates when authenticated.

    Contact NRHA's registration team or call 816-756-3140 for more information.

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    Exhibitors, sponsors and advertisers

    Don't miss the opportunity to increase your visibility in the rural market by engaging attendees at your booth, with ads and sponsorships, or by becoming a vetted NRHA Partner.

    Download NRHA's 2021 engagement guide or contact Colleen Bay to learn more.

    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.


    There's even more in store

    Don't miss NRHA's Health Equity Conference and Rural Medical Education Conference occurring immediately beforehand on May 4.

    NRHA is now accepting applications for full-cost scholarships to attend the association’s virtual Annual Rural Health Conference events. Apply within the Scholarships tab.

    “If you’re interested in actively engaging in transformational work on behalf of rural communities, NRHA’s annual events are where it’s at.” – NRHA member Peggy Wheeler


    Continuing education

    By attending NRHA's Rural Hospital Innovation Summit participants may earn up to nine hours ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation. Download the attendance certificate for the most recent Rural Hospital Innovation Summit.



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