#NRHD2022: National Rural Health Day Content Hub

NRHD 2022

National Rural Health Day (NRHD) is an opportunity for everyone to salute the unsung heroes of rural communities — the hospitals, health care professionals, community members, and other stakeholders who keep rural communities going despite diminishing resources, population loss, and the ravages of the opioid crisis. Click below to learn more and how to participate on November 17th, 2022. 

Highlights Include:

Power of RCORP Photo Showcase

To “Celebrate the Power of Rural” and to honor the selfless, community-minded spirit that prevails in rural America, RCORP-TA is hosting a photo contest to showcase the impact of RCORP grantees across the country. The finalists will be prominently displayed throughout RCORP communications, and the winners will be announced throughout the week leading up to National Rural Health Day on November 17, 2022.

Click here to see the 2022 Finalists.

Winners will be announced the week of November 14th.

Please direct any questions to rcorp-media@jbsinternational.com.

Wear #GreenForRural!

a green shirtWear #GreenForRural on National Rural Health Day!

In addition to the Power of RCORP photo showcase, be sure to wear the color green on National Rural Health Day to help us display the Power of RCORP! While the photo submissions will capture grantees’ impact, wearing green will show how large the RCORP family truly is. Here’s how to participate:

  • Wear the color green on National Rural Health Day on November 17, 2022
  • Encourage your colleagues, consortium, family and friends to all join in by also wearing green
  • Post group photos or selfies on social media using the hashtag #GreenForRural
  • You can also email your photos to rcorp-media@jbsinternational.com

FORHP & RCORP-TA Programming

Events for Rural Health Day

Monday, November 14th, 2022

Mindfulness Based Stress Mitigation in the Workplace (Registration required) 

Jason Harris, JBS International 

Understand the common causes of workplace stress and its impact on healthcare providers’ behavioral health. Learn evidence-based mindfulness strategies to increase health and wellness in the workplace. Understand the science behind mindfulness-based strategies and how they mitigate the impact of stress. 

3 - 4 p.m. ET 

Webinar Passcode: 071720
Webinar ID: 852 3068 0149

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022

Hidden in Plain Sight:  Understanding the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence and Human Trafficking in Rural Communities

FORHP, Office of Women’s Health, Futures Without Violence, National Domestic Violence Hotline, and Samaritan Health Services 

This webinar raises awareness about Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in rural communities and how to identify and address it.

IPV and Human Trafficking are threats to public health. They often go under the radar, especially in rural communities, due to lack of awareness.  Those experiencing it may look “normal”, interact with the community, and not identify as victims.   

3 - 4 p.m. ET 

Dial in: 833-568 -8864  
Meeting ID: 161 855 3734  
Passcode: 37666445

Wednesday, November 16th, 2022

FORHP Grantee Stories

Learn about the innovative ways rural grantees are advancing behavioral health equity in their communities.  

3 - 4 p.m. ET 

Dial in: 833-568-8864   
Meeting ID: 160 296 0203  
Passcode: 74433018

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

HHS Leadership Panel

Join leaders from various HHS agencies to learn how HHS programs and initiatives are advancing rural behavioral health equity. Panelists include:

  • Carole Johnson, Administrator, HRSA
  • Sonia Chessen, Chief of Staff, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Dr. Robert Otto Valdez, Director, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • Roselyn Tso, Director, Indian Health Service
  • Catherine Oakar, Special Assistant to the President for Public Health and Disparities, White House Domestic Policy Council (moderator)

3 - 4 p.m. ET
Phone Number: 833-568-8864 
Meeting ID: 161 855 3734 
Passcode: 47640825     

#NRHD2022 Links and Resources

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  • FORHP & CDC Webinar: 4 Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making in Critical Access Hospitals

This co-hosted webinar by CDC, HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is being held Wednesday, November 16 at 3pmET.  Drs. Sara Cosgrove and Pranita Tamma from Johns Hopkins will discuss the 4 Moments of Antibiotic Decision Making in Critical Access Hospitals using AHRQ’s Toolkit to Improve Antibiotic Use.

The webinar will review the following:

  1. Recognize technical and adaptive changes needed to implement and sustain a successful antibiotic stewardship program.
  2. Identify the four moments of antibiotic decision making.
  3. Identify evidence-based tools and resources to enhance your antibiotic stewardship program.

Newly Released CMS Framework for Advancing Health Care in Rural, Tribal, and Geographically Isolated Communities

As we approach National Rural Health Day on November 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) is recognizing the unique health care needs of individuals that live in rural, Tribal, frontier, and geographically isolated communities and territories throughout the month of November. This month, CMS will be releasing multiple new resources that show how we’re expanding on our rural health strategy and helping those that live in rural communities to achieve their optimal health, including the CMS Framework for Advancing Health Care in Rural, Tribal, and Geographically Isolated Communities.

CMS recognizes that more than 61 million Americans live in rural areas, and face several unique challenges. And those challenges can differ dramatically among the different kinds of rural areas across the country. Rural residents tend to be older and in poorer health than their urban counterparts, and rural communities often face challenges with access to care, financial viability, and the important link between health care and economic development.

Our recently released report, Advancing Rural Health Equity (PDF), outlines the various ways that CMS has gone the “extra mile” over the past year to meet the needs of rural populations, outlining activities across 10 areas of particular importance to rural health. Among the areas included are Medicare, the rural health workforce, models and demonstrations, maternal health, and COVID-19.

Additionally, we recently released the CMS Framework for Advancing Health Care in Rural, Tribal, and Geographically Isolated Communities (PDF), which builds on the previously released Rural Health Strategy (PDF) and aligns with the CMS Framework for Health Equity 2022 – 2032 (PDF) to improve health equity and reduce disparities. 

As CMS OMH recognizes National Rural Health Day, we are continuing to reaffirm our commitment to helping those in rural, Tribal, frontier, and geographically isolated territories to achieve their optimal health. Below are resources that you can use to help those you serve throughout the month of November and beyond.

Join us to learn more! Register here for our November 15 webinar on the CMS Framework for Advancing Health Care in Rural, Tribal, and Geographically Isolated Communities.


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NRHD Stress Mitigation Resources

Mindful Music

For an example track of mindful music available through the mindfulness app and website InsightTimer click here: InsightTimer Piano Meditation by Chris Collins

For additional options of mindful music to choose from for personal use, visit: InsightTimer Meditation Music

NRHD Stress Mitigation Resources

To implement strategies with the intention of creating a more holistically supportive environment for employees, it is important to understand the impact of workplace stress and become educated about and follow through with strategies to mitigate the impact. If you are an employee looking for ways to reduce stress, it is important to educate yourself and act.

The resources below provide additional strategies and tools for reducing workplace stress and burnout while improving resilience and wellbeing of healthcare and behavioral health professionals.

Read AHA Hospitals in Action: Supporting Care Teams to see examples of what health systems around the country are implementing to support their staff and reduce burnout.

Additional links for education, tools, and strategies:

Useful Meditation and Relaxation Apps: Published by UCSF’s Weill Institute for Neurosciences and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Useful Wellness and Mental Help Apps

Formal Training: For those who would like to further their formal training or practice in mindfulness the below resources are training programs backed up by evidence-based research.