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    Maryland State Office of Rural Health

    The Maryland State Office of Rural Health (SORH), National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders “Celebrate the Power of Rural” during annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 16, 2023​.


    Maryland’s rural communities are wonderful places to live, work, and visit.  They are also communities where healthcare providers have the opportunity to provide innovative, affordable, and holistic primary care – a model for the rest of the country to follow as America transitions to a population, wellness-based system of health care.  These are also communities where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect reach other, and work together to benefit the greater good.


    NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase the good work of America’s 61 million rural citizens and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those concerns. At the same time, National Rural Health Day gives us an opportunity to raise awareness of the unique healthcare issues being faced by rural citizens, particularly healthcare access and affordability issues. 


    Maryland State Office of Rural health is celebrating the "Power of Rural" with a proclamation from Maryland's Governor Wes Moore declaring November 16, 2023 Maryland Rural Health Day.  In addition, we have other events and information posted on this page.  Please come back for updates throughout November 2023.

    Maryland celebrates with gubernatorial proclamations, Happy National Rural Health Day!
    Thursday, November 16, 2023



    The National Organization of State Office’s of Rural Health’s annual Community Star recognition program is one of the most popular features of National Rural Health Day. Each person, coalition, and organization nominated to be their state’s Community Star represents the faces and grassroots initiatives that are working to address the social determinants of health and improve the lives of those who call rural their home. 

    Please join us in congratulation Maryland's Community Star for 
    the 2023 National Rural Health Day!​​​​

     Maryland celebrates its past Community Stars: 

    2022 Star: Beth Anne Langrell, For All Season

    2021 Star: St. Mary’s County Health Department

    2020 Star: John Corbin; Garrett County Health Department: Informatics Administrator

    2019 Star: Eric Weintraub, MD; UMD School of Medicine: Addictions Medicine

    2018 Stars: Shelley Argabrite; Garrett County Health Department: Health Planning & Charles County Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program


    ​November 8
    How to Create a Rural Health Capital Resource Council in Your State​

    Join Kris Juliar, NOSORH Capital Resources Consultant, for a webinar on creating a Rural Health Capital Resources Council (RHCRC). A RHCRC is a structured way to expand engagement with key stakeholders. The RHCRC aims to develop a ​strategic and sustainable approach to helping rural hospitals, healthcare organizations, clinics, communities, and nonprofits access the capital they need for infrastructure, new services, and addressing community health needs.

    The webinar will be held on November 8 at 3 PM ET. To register, please cli​ck here.​

    ​November 9
    2 PM, ET​
    Improving Access to Health Care Coverage in Rural Communities with Medicaid and CHIP

    ​Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and partners discuss strategies to enroll more people living in rural areas in health insurance. They discuss ways to improve health equity and show the importance of building partnerships. They share tools that support outreach and enrollment.

    Register here.

    November 15
    2 PM, ET

    How Does the Definition of "Rural" Impact Research?​Learn about the importance of rural definitions and how those definitions impact research.  Our presenters answer the questions:
    • "What should I take into account when determining rural definitions for my research study?"
    • "As a non-researcher, what should I look for in rural definitions when reading a study or brief?"

    Register here.

    November 15
    2 PM, ET

    ​Growing Rural Healthcare Workforce: Recruitment and Retention
    Learn about programs to better grow and sustain the health care workforce in rural communities.  Hear about creative approaches, best practices and tools to support recruiting and retaining the rural health workforce.
    Register here.
    November 16
    11 AM, ET​

    HRSA KEYNOTE EVENT:  Federal Rural Partners Webinar
    Join HRSA and rural leaders from across the federal government to discuss innovations in rural health care delivery.  Learn about federal programs​ that promote new approaches to increase access to health services for patients in rural areas.  moderated by Tom morris, Associate Administrator of HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.
    HRSA will post the link at 11am on 11/16.​
    November 16
    3 PM, ET

    The Power of Rural in Action: CDC and State Strategies for Rural Health​

    The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) is pleased to announce this year's National Rural Health Day event!  Join us on November 16 and get ready to be informed and inspired as  we explore stategies at both the state and national levels to enhance the well-being of rural Americans.  Here directly from the newly established CDC Office of Rural Health about their mission and vision.

    Register today to be a part of the conversation!

    ​November 18

    ​Rural Healt Clinical Congre​​ss
    Join this free virtual list MCE/CE event.  This inique event for clinicians serving patients from rural and understerved communities is held in conjunction with NOSORH's National Rural Health Day.  Clinicians can earn up to 5.0 CME/CE credits by participating.
    Register here.