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Health Equity Conference

May 7, 2019 Atlanta, Ga.

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

NRHA is currently accepting research poster submissions through Feb. 28 to be considered for presentation at NRHA's Health Equity Conference May 7.

And stick around for NRHA's Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation's largest gathering of rural health pros, May 7-10.

  • icon-agenta Agenda

    Draft 2019 Health Equity Conference agenda (updated 01.30.19)

    NRHA is currently accepting research poster submissions through Feb. 28 to be considered for presentation at NRHA's Health Equity Conference May 7.

    Past agendas:
    2018 Health Equity Conference agenda
    2017 Health Equity Conference agenda

  • icon-scholarships Scholarships

    NRHA is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2019 Health Equity Conference.

    Scholarship funds are 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.

    The total individual scholarship award will be $1,000. Scholars selected are expected to provide their own funds to pay for their remaining expenses, including registration. Scholarship recipients will be notified of their award upon receipt and review of the application. Scholars will receive their award once they arrive at the 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 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

    NRHA would like to apologize for any inconvenience as we upgrade our registration portal.

    Register via downloadable PDF form for NRHA's Health Equity Conference and email to, mail or fax.

    Early registration rates (before April 12)
    $190 for members
    $290 for non-members*
    $95 for students

    Registration rates after April 12
    $290 member
    $390 non-member*
    $145 for students

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

    Annual Rural Health Conference attendees can use the same form but Rural Hospital Innovation Summit attendees must use this registration form.

    Contact Lisa Inman at 816-756-3140 for more information on registration.

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    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

    The Atlanta Marriott Marquis
    is located in the downtown Peachtree Center, which offers indoor access to Marta transit.

    NRHA’s discounted hotel rate is $195 plus tax (currently 16.9% plus $5 per night Georgia hotel/motel fee). The discount deadline is April 14 or when rooms sell out.

    The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is 15 miles away with $2.50 MARTA transit each way and estimated taxi fare of $32 each way.

    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.