Health Equity Council  

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce the reformation of the Health Equity Council and Conference, formerly the Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Health Council and Conference, to highlight issues related to rural and underserved LGBTQ, veteran and homeless populations in addition to the multiracial and multicultural populations the council has advocated on behalf of for years.
The Health Equity Council’s mission is to promote and enhance physical and mental well-being for rural and frontier underserved populations through national leadership, representation and advocacy for accessible, affordable, high-quality health services that result in an improved quality of life. The council will bring these issues to the forefront of discussion at the annual NRHA Health Equity Conference. NRHA encourages all who are interested to attend this conference to learn and engage with experts in health equity, view research posters and network with peers.
With the Health Equity Council and Conference, NRHA remains committed to issues impacting underserved populations in rural and frontier communities. With more than 21,000 members, NRHA continues to provide leadership on rural health issues through communications, advocacy, research and education. Your participation in presentations and contributions to the dialogue of best practices would be of great value for this national audience.

Health Equity Council seeking member applications

The National Rural Health Association’s Health Equity Council is currently seeking applications for individuals interested in serving on the council board. Terms for open positions on the Health Equity Council will begin Jan. 1, 2019.

The Health Equity Council serves as a forum for the discussion and development of issues related to the needs and concerns of rural underserved populations; monitor all association activities, programs and services to assure appropriate cultural competency and sensitivity to rural underserved  populations; develop and support a membership recruitment strategy to increase a diverse membership in the Association; develop and plan the annual rural health equity conference and other appropriate education offerings and seek appropriate funding for such activities; and provide an assured vehicle for these needs and concerns to be represented on the Board of Trustees and Rural Health Congress.

The council meets once annually in conjunction with NRHA's Annual Health Equity Conference and via teleconference each month. Members pay their own travel and lodging expenses for the annual meeting. Potential candidates must have significant rural health experience and an established record of work. Council members must also be members of NRHA and active participation in council events is required for the duration of their term.

  • Applicants to the Health Equity Council must be NRHA members or willing to join before the start of the program.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the health of all people residing in rural America through the provision of equitable health care services. This commitment must be demonstrated in the personal statement, as well as the curriculum vitae/resume of the applicant.
  • Applicants must be willing and able to commit to monthly conference calls as part of the program and the in person meeting prior to the Health Equity Conference.

Online applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. CDT Nov. 1, 2018.

Contact Gaby Boscan at 202- 639-0550 with questions.