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Health Equity Conference

May 9, 2017 San Diego, Calif.

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.

Register online by selecting "2017 Annual Conference" or download the registration form to email, mail or fax.

Annual Rural Health Conference
Stick around for NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation's largest gathering of rural health pros, May 9-12.

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  • icon-scholarships Scholarships

    NRHA offers scholarship funds 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 untilall funds have been committed to those who meet the eligibility criteria specified in the application form.

    The total individual scholarship award will be $1,000. Please contact Gaby Boscan at 202-639-0550 with any questions.

    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’s legacy and honor her memory, NRHA has established the Rosemary McKenzie Legacy Award to be presented annually during the Health Equity Conference, which she predominantly and passionately coordinated. The award winner will receive free registration to the 2017 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 dedicated their lives to improving the health of underserved populations in the same spirit as Rosemary. 

    For more information on the criteria and to submit a nomination, visit the Rosemary McKenzie Legacy Award submission formThe submission deadline is Feb. 16. 

    If you have questions, contact Gaby Boscan at or 202-639-0550.

    You can donate directly to the Rosemary Legacy Fund by including her name in the “Dedicated to” field.

    To donate by mail, 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.

  • icon-rates Rates

    Register online by selecting "2017 Annual Conference" or download the registration form to email, mail or fax.

    Early (until April 13)
    $170 member
    $270 non-member*
    Student $90

    After April 13
    $270 member
    $370 non-member*
    Student $130

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

  • icon-exhibitors Exhibitors


    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.

  • icon-building Accommodations

    NRHA event attendees have filled the room block at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina and certain nights during NRHA's events may already be sold out.

    The next closest hotel is the Hilton San Diego Airport, walking distance to the Sheraton.

    The Sheraton San Diego Hotel is located across the street from the San Diego International Airport. Complimentary shuttle service runs every 15 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to midnight.

    Fraud alert
    Some NRHA 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.

    Experience San Diego
    San Diego is known for its beaches, parks and warm climate. Balboa Park is the site of the world-famous San Diego Zoo, as well as numerous art galleries, artist studios, museums and gardens. A deep harbor is home to a large active naval fleet, with the USS Midway, an aircraft-carrier-turned-museum, open to the public. Click here for visitor information.