It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year...National Rural Health Week

November 12-16th is National Rural Health Week and the Center for Rural Health is partnering with several state and national groups to make the week a special one.

Mr. Don Hughes, the health policy advisor for Governor Jan Brewer, will be at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (room A120) on Tuesday, November 13th from 10-11 am to give an update on rural health policy in the state.

Speaking of Governor Jan Brewer, she has issued an official proclamation for National Rural Health Week, recognizing the importance of rural health issues and the unique challenges and opportunities related to healthcare in our rural and remote communities in Arizona.

For those unable to attend Mr. Hughes’ talk in person in Tucson, we are partnering with some national organizations who are offering webinars on rural health issues. The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) has put together a great line-up of 5 webinars during National Rural Health Week. The best part? – they are all free (only a free registration is required). For more information about these webinars, go here:

Our Center is partnering with the Arizona Rural Health Association and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to offer another webinar on Thursday, November 15 from 10:00 – 11:30. This webinar is entitled “Celebrating the Power of Rural” — A Rural Health Day Activity Bridging Research and Practice: The Effective Health Care Program”. To register for this webinar, go here:

Finally, we are hosting the 2nd Annual National Rural Health Day Photo Contest.  Last years’ photo contest was a success that we decided to do it again!  This year’s theme is “Rural Health in Action” and we’re looking for photos that best showcase, highlight and describe the rural health work being done in Arizona.  To enter the contest, go to: and follow the instructions provided.  We have prizes for the winners ($50 gift card for second place, $100 gift card for first place) and the winning photos will be prominently featured on our website and in future Center publications.

So, I encourage you to partake in one or more of these special events. For those of us who have a passion for rural health issues, this is truly the most wonderful time of the year.

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