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including diagnosis 
and treatment of major 
and minor illness
    Family health care, including diagnosis and treatment of major and minor illness

Sun Life, Partners to Celebrate National Rural Health Day

November 04th, 2015

Sun Life, Partners to Celebrate National Rural Health Day

By ROBERT FLEET, AZ Rural Health Association (AZRHA) President

Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey has proclaimed Nov. 19 as Rural Health Day.

Arizona Rural Health Association will join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders in celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, Nov. 19.

NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase rural America; increase awareness of rural health-related issues; and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those issues.  Plans call for National Rural Health Day to become an annual celebration on the third Thursday of each November.

Here is a list of ideas developed by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health has developed on ways to celebrate rural health day.

Answer your phone on Nov. 19 by saying “Hello … Happy National Rural Health Day”

Visit one of those morning news shows and hold up a sign that says “Happy National Rural Health Day!”

Wear a National Rural Health Day T-shirt to school or work

Plan a group run or some other kind of fitness activity

Do something “healthy” that day – eat more vegetables, bike instead of drive to work, get your blood pressure or cholesterol checked, etc.

Write a letter to the editor or contact a local legislator to stress the importance of addressing the health needs of rural communities

State Offices of Rural Health and Partners: 

Obtain gubernatorial/legislative proclamation recognizing National Rural Health Day

Present rural health awards/honor rural (or community) heroes

Host conference “Celebrating the Power of Rural” on National Rural Health Day

Present a series of themed lectures/presentations by state rural health leaders or advocates via Webinar on National Rural Health Day

Produce rural health-related videos, fact sheets and other educational materials

Visit community/state leaders to educate them on rural health issues and tout the work of State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those needs

Contact local/state media; arrange National Rural Health Day interviews

Link to National Rural Health Day website from your website 

 

Schools: 

Plan a field trip to a local hospital or rural health provider

Invite rural health providers to speak in the classroom

Host and/or encourage students to participate in a rural health-related community service project (plan a health information fair, helping paint a rural health clinic, etc.)

Have rural-themed poster essay contests

Host a National Rural Health Day “Fun Day” to promote health and wellness – kids participate in fun physical activities, sample healthy foods and receive health information

Host “Health Careers Day” in career development centers/guidance offices

Teach special rural-themed courses on National Rural Health Day (rural history, rural economics, etc.)  

 

Hospitals/Rural Health Providers:

Plan/host a community health fair

Give tours of your facilities

Share your story – speak at a local school or community event

Display National Rural Health Day banners/posters

Have a “staff appreciation” luncheon

Link to National Rural Health Day website from your website

Please join us in celebrating Rural Health Day. For more information please visit the AZRHA website.

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