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Health Equity Conference

May 4, 2021 New Orleans, La.

Fill your sails with insight. Chart a course to calmer seas.

NRHA's Health Equity Conference is one of the Association's fastest-growing conferences and our first virtual, online-only event occurring live June 16.

The entire event will be available on demand afterward, as seen in this virtual Annual Conference presentation preview featuring NRHA CEO Alan Morgan, President Pat Schou, Government Affairs lead Maggie Elehwany, and Member Services head Brock Slabach.

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 services to the most underserved, and often under-represented, portions of the rural population.

NRHA will always prioritize the safety and well-being of our members, event attendees, and all rural Americans. For this reason, the Association has decided to host our 2020 Annual Conference events online in streamlined, interactive environment that includes enhanced opportunities for learning and networking at a discounted rate.
NRHA’s inaugural virtual event offerings will include the following features:

  • Live keynote presentations with extended Q&A opportunities
  • Access to over 85 concurrent sessions across 9 content tracks
  • Live Q&A during and after presentations from over 200 speakers
  • An interactive exhibit hall experience featuring live networking chats
  • Unique chances to socialize: Host a video meet-up with colleagues
  • Robust research poster sessions and 2020 NRHA Award winner profiles
  • And many more additional features to come.

The best part: You can experience all Annual Conference content on demand up to a year after the event occurs.

There's even more in store

Don't forget to also register for NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation's largest gathering of rural health pros, which occurs afterward.

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.

We’ll help you navigate the shifting currents of rural health with more than 60 innovative, practical, and cost-saving sessions — and even more at NRHA’s 5th Rural Hospital Innovation Summit.
“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
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  • icon-agenta Agenda

    2020 Agenda:

    2020 Health Equity Conference agenda (updated 06.15.20)

    Past agendas:
    2019 Health Equity Conference agenda

    2018 Health Equity Conference agenda
    2017 Health Equity Conference agenda

    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

    Scholarship funds are now available for students and community members with a critical need for financial support with conference expenses.

    Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to people who meet the eligibility criteria specified on the application form, and who are unable to attend the 2020 Health Equity Conference without such support.

    For more information, please see the application form.

    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.

    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 for NRHA's virtual events

    You may also register via downloadable PDF form email to [email protected], mail or fax.

    NRHA is offering a no-risk registration policy due to COVID-19. Cancellations will be either refunded in full or reserved as a credit toward a future event.

    Registration rates
    $100 members
    $150 non-members*
    $50 student members

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

    Contact [email protected] or 816-756-3140 for more information on registration.

  • icon-exhibitors Exhibitors

    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.

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

  • icon-building Accommodations

    Current registrants have already been notified by the San Diego Sheraton Hotel that their attendee room reservations have been refunded. If you reserved accommodations outside NRHA’s block at the Sheraton, you are advised to cancel your reservation at least 72 hours prior to your date of stay and to cancel any flights immediately.