Athens, Ohio – On the third Thursday of November every year, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), the member organization for each of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), leads National Rural Health Day (NRHD), an annual day of recognition, shining a light on those who serve the vital health needs of the estimated 57 million people living in rural America.
SORHs provide support to rural hospitals, clinics, and first responders in several ways including technical assistance, funding that supports workforce development, population health management, quality improvement initiatives, and more.
In 2015, NOSORH invited its members to nominate hospital and emergency first responder teams, community health, and volunteer service heroes on the front lines of rural health who were making a positive impact on rural lives. Soon after the stories started coming, the book of Community Stars has been published on NRHD.
Dr. Michele Morrone, professor of environmental health and director of the Appalachian Rural Health Institute in Ohio University's College of Health Sciences and Professions, has been selected as Ohio’s Rural Health Community Star for her work with rural communities in Appalachia, her leadership in establishing the Ohio Rural Health Association and her collaboration with other research to identify access to healthcare issues in rural Ohio.
Her story will appear in the 2019 edition of Community Stars that will be available on the https://www.PowerofRural.org website, the official hub for NRHD and the Power of Rural movement, beginning Nov. 21, 2019. For the first time since its inception, a limited number of Community Star books will also be available for purchase.
Rural communities, health organizations, schools are all invited to participate in NRHD. Free tools, ideas and details about NRHD events occurring across the United States are also available on PowerofRural.org.