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3RNet Encourages Members to Celebrate National Rural Health Day!

3RNet encourages its members to join the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and other state/national rural stakeholders to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” during the sixth annual National Rural Health Day celebration on Thursday, November 17, 2016.

NOSORH created National Rural Health Day as a way to showcase the good work of America’s 62 million rural citizens and promote the efforts of NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and others in addressing those concerns.

“We’re excited to spread the word about National Rural Health Day,” said Mike Shimmens, 3RNet executive director. “NOSORH is a great partner to 3RNet and it’s been neat to watch how National Rural Health Day has really grown over the past several years. We’re glad that we can help extend the message of the ‘power of rural’—which we see every day in our work here at 3RNet—and continue to make sure our collective voice is heard.”

“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 a lack of healthcare providers and affordability issues resulting from larger percentages of un-/underinsured citizens and greater out-of-pocket health costs, to name a few,” said NOSORH director Teryl Eisinger. “And while the Affordable Care Act may make health care more affordable for rural Americans, it doesn’t necessarily make it more accessible – a lack of public transportation, fragile infrastructures, and geographic barriers also must be overcome in order to ensure that all rural safety net providers can adequately meet the basic healthcare needs of their residents.”

Events recognizing National Rural Health Day and “Celebrating the Power of Rural” are being planned throughout the nation. Additional information about National Rural Health Day can be found at www.nosorh.org/nrhd. To learn more about NOSORH, visit www.nosorh.org; to learn more about 3RNet, visit www.3rnet.org.

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