Since 2010, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, the 50 State Offices of Rural Health, and rural health stakeholders from across the country have set aside the third Thursday of November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD) and promote the “Power of Rural,” bringing much needed attention to the ongoing efforts to communicate, educate, collaborate, and innovate to improve the health of an estimated 57 million rural Americans.


In Maryland, from McHenry to Tyaskin and Rising Sun to Najemoy, the sense of community felt throughout our rural counties demonstrates the “Power of Rural.”  This state’s rural towns and regions are prime examples of how partnerships and resourcefulness can be used as tools in improving the health of rural populations.  Using these assets, we must continue to address the continued needs of rural communities as noted in Maryland’s Rural Health Plan

Governor Hogan proclaims November 19, 2020 as National Rural Health Day in Maryland!

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The Maryland State Office of Rural Health and Office of Workforce Development: Dedicated to connecting, collaborating and improving rural Maryland!

Community Stars


Join the Maryland State Office of Rural Health in congratulating this year's Maryland Community Star!  


2020: John Corbin

2019: Eric Weintraub, MD

2018: Shelley Argabrite


Read about John's effortful work to build and innovate for improved health outcomes in Western Maryland in the 2020 Community Stars booklet.  This compilation features Stars from around the nation - what great examples of the Power of Rural!  ​

Events to Celebrate National Rural Health Day:

Monday, November 16, 2020

Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Look at the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program

11:00 am – 11:30 am ET

Presented by: HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)

Learn how HAB’s rural initiatives are improving rural access to high quality care and integrated treatment services for people with HIV/AIDS and their families.

More information coming soon.


Rural Health Clinics Increase Access to COVID-19 Testing

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET 

Presented by: Presented by: National Association of Rural Health Clinics, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

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Rural Health Clinics have always been an important part of the rural safety net. Learn how Congressional recognition of these 4000 rural providers made COVID-19 testing available in rural areas. 

After brief remarks, the lines will be opened for you to ask questions and share your experiences with the panelists and attendees.


Mortality in Rural Areas: Insights from National Research and Community-Based Initiatives

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Presented by: CDC National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and Rural Health Information Hub (RHI)

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Highlights of recent and ongoing work by the NCHS. Learn more about differences in mortality, suicide, alcohol-induced deaths, motor vehicle traffic deaths, and drug overdose deaths in urban and rural populations.


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Understanding the Ground: Social Determinants of Health in Rural Populations HRSA Exit Disclaimer

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm ET

Presented by: Jan Probst, PhD, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rural and Minority Health Research Center

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Learn about the key elements associated with health across rural populations, such as education, race, income, and health facility availability.


The Montana Telehealth Learning Community: Lessons Learned from Telehealth Summits and Applicability to Other Rural States

Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET

Presented by: HRSA's Office of Regional Operations (ORO)-Denver & Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

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Dial in: 800-369-2092; pass code: 4167396 (use with webinar)

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Explore lessons learned from the 2019 Montana Telehealth initiative. Address telehealth challenges in a rural state. Discuss application of telehealth in other rural states.


  • The collaboration between ASTHO, the HRSA Regional Office, and the Montana Department of Health
  • Overview of the ASTHO learning community program
  • Advancing telehealth reimbursement policies
  • State telehealth governance structures
  • Tele-behavioral health
  • Multi-stakeholder capacity building
  • A discussion of the changes that have occurred in telehealth during the pandemic


Highlights from the Society for Education and the Advancement of Research in Connected Health (SEARCH) Conference

Presented by: Telehealth Resource Centers (TRC)

Listen to two recorded sessions:

  • The Rural Health Landscape – Kathy Wibberly (moderator) Alan Morgan (speaker).
  • Identifying Gaps and Opportunities in Research - Dr. Elizabeth Krupinski (moderator/speaker), Dr. Curtis Lowery (speaker) and David Fletcher (speaker).

More information coming soon. 


Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Introducing Telehealth to Rural and Indigenous Communities: A Telehealth 101 Virtual Workshop for Tribes, Part 1

1:00 pm - 6:30 pm ET

Presented by: ORO Denver, Kansas City, and Dallas

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This workshop will discuss the business case for telehealth as an efficient way to enhance access to care.


  • Introduction to telehealth
  • Building a telehealth business plan
  • Telehealth standards, guidelines, and evaluation
  • Telehealth technology and facility design
  • Policy trends and considerations
  • Funding to support telehealth efforts
  • Successful tribal telehealth programs (medication assisted treatment, prenatal care, remote patient monitoring, Home Visiting programs)


Implementation of Antibiotic Stewardship Activities in Critical Access Hospitals

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Presented by: CDC and FORHP

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In this session, we will discuss antibiotic stewardship activities to measure and improve antibiotic use in Critical Access Hospitals.


Rural Virtual Job Fair

6:45 pm -10:15 pm ET

Presented by: HRSA's Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW)

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Recruiters: Connect with primary care trainees and practicing clinicians.

Job seekers: We invite you to attend. Learn about hundreds of jobs to apply for. Complete your profile on the Health Workforce Connector so interested recruiters can follow-up.


National Rural Health Day, Thursday, November 19, 2020 

NRHD Welcome Remarks Featuring HRSA Administrator Tom Engels and National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services Chair Jeff Colyer

10:00 am ET

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HHS leaders welcome rural community members in commemorating the 10th Annual National Rural Health Day by celebrating successes and reflecting on challenges faced by rural health systems over the past year. The Rural Responds to COVID-19 presentation immediately after their remarks.

Rural Responds to COVID – 19

Presentation immediately following remarks

Presented by: FORHP

Three FORHP grant recipients will talk about resiliency and innovation efforts during the COVID-19 public health emergency.


Introducing Telehealth to Rural and Indigenous Communities: A Telehealth 101 Virtual Workshop for Tribes, Part 2

10:00 am - 6:00 pm ET, continued from Wednesday, November 18

Presented by: ORO - Denver, Kansas City, and Dallas

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You will learn about telehealth promising practices and lessons learned from the field.  Telehealth programs that will be highlighted will focus on Maternal Health, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs, Tele-Behavioral Health, as well as innovative approaches to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.


2020 NIH Rural Health Seminar: Rural Health Challenges in the Era of COVID-19

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET

Presented by: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

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This seminar explores the impact of COVID-19 on rural populations, systems and workforce issues, and community engagement to respond to the pandemic. Attendees MUST register prior to the presentation.


Surviving & Thriving: The Power of Rural is 100% Community

2:00 pm - 3:15 pm ET

Presented by: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH)

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Katherine Ortega Courtney, Ph.D., and Dominic Cappello, authors of 100% Community: Ensuring 10 Vital Services for Surviving and Thriving will discuss their groundbreaking research. They will share their roadmap for working together to create local systems of health, safety, education and economic stability in rural communities.

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PCSS Half & Half MAT Buprenorphine Waiver Training

1:00 p.m. ET

Registration and details: https://pcss-half-and-half-waiver-training-11-19-20.eventbrite.com   

The PCSS Half-and-Half Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) waiver training course provides an overview of the FDA-approved medication buprenorphine prescribed for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD). The course meets the required 8-hour training to prescribe buprenorphine for the treatment of OUD. The course trainer will conduct an overview of prevention, identification, and treatment of substance use disorders emphasizing OUD.

Hosted by:
Maryland Addiction Consultation Service (MACS)
MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center


Friday, November 20, 2020

Rural Oral Health Summit

9:00 am - 3:00 pm ET

Presented by: Zufall Community Health Center and the NJ State Office of Rural Health. HRSA's ORO-New York is on the planning committee.

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Online capacity of the symposium is open to the first 500 attendees.

This presentation is the state’s second Rural Oral Health Care Summit., It address the integration of oral health in rural communities. RADM Tim Ricks, the Assistant Surgeon General, Chief Dental Officer, will be the keynote speaker. Dr. Renee Joskow and Dr. Marcia Brand will also be presenting.

Topics covered:

  • ED Referrals Models that work: Getting Patients into the right Care at the Right Time
  • Leveraging Existing Resources to meet Rural Oral Health Needs
  • Policy and Possibility in Rural Oral Health
  • Achieving Good Dental Health: Managing children’s behavior in the office and beyond.
  • Giving It Your Best Shot: Keeping Patients Protected Through Vaccination
  • Indoor Air Quality: Creating and Maintaining Healthy Working Environments
  • Home Care Tips for Children with Special Health Care Needs: What Everyone Should know