3rd Annual National Rural Health Day

Happy National Rural Health Day

National Rural Health Day gives NOSORH, State Offices of Rural Health and our partners a chance to showcase Rural America and highlight the efforts of NOSORH, SORHs and others in addressing the unique healthcare needs of rural communities. This year, we're celebrating National Rural Health Day with another rural health photo contest and sharing rural health success stories from our rural Arizona community.

  1. Arizona Rural Health Photo Contest
  2. Rural Health Community Success Stories
  3. About National Rural Health Day
  4. Attend a FREE Rural Health Webinar provided by NOSORH
  5. Attend the Douglas Youth Leadership Conference

Arizona Rural Health Photo Contest

In celebration of National Rural Health Day on November 21, 2013, the Center for Rural Health and the Arizona Rural Health Association are co-sponsoring an Arizona Rural Health Photo Contest

 To Enter the Contest

  1. Take a photo of rural health work being done! Photos can be of recently completed rural health projects, rural health offices or hospitals, community events or conferences, pictures in the field, etc.  Be creative!
  2. Provide a caption for the photo to explain what the photo is about, and if applicable, names of people in the photo.  
  3. Download, complete, and send in a photo release form with your photo(s).
  4. Send your photos and photo release forms to: davidbui@email.arizona.edu
  5. Submit by Noon on November 21 to be considered for a prize.
  6. Up to three photos and captions can be submitted per person.


Judges from the Center for Rural Health and the Arizona Rural Health Association will select the top three photos and captions that most creatively and aesthetically showcase rural health work in Arizona and its impact on communities. The 1st place prize will be $50 gift card and two 2nd place prizes of a $25 gift card will be awarded. For more information, please contact davidbui@email.arizona.edu.

Photo Submissions

By Jill Bullock: Classic Lifeguard Air Medial Services Helicopter landed at Flagstaff Medical Center after transporting a patient from Page Hospital (Base Hospital, A Critical Access Hospital) 


By John Charley: Structural steel is put in place as part of the Copper Queen Community Hospital’s 4 million dollar expansion of the Hospital’s emergency department in


By John Charley:  A concrete pumper truck in use to pour the pad for the 7,000 square foot expansion of the Copper Queen Hospital’s Emergency Department in Bisbee, AZ.


By John Charley: Dr. Peggy Avina a Family Practice Physician at the Copper Queen Hospital in Bisbee, AZ shares a laugh with a patient.


Community Success Stories

In preparation for Arizona’s celebration of “National Rural Health Day” on November 21, 2013, we will be posting several “Rural Community Success Stories” here to help spread the message that Rural communities are wonderful places to live, work and visit:

  • Rural America possess a strong sense of community where everyone has a voice – people know each other, listen to/respect each other and work together for the greater good.
  • Rural communities are fueled by the creative energy of their community leaders – ordinary people willing to step forward, share and implement a vision, and drive changes that benefit their neighbors.

Seeing the Background ‘Patient Story’ Empowers Family Care Coordinator

Nov 25, 2013 Comments: 0 Topics: NRHD Blog Series , Somerton , Lifetime Health Diary , Joyce Hospodar

Being able to view a background ‘Patient Story’ - comprised of clinical data, psycho-social data and lifestyle data - has enabled Family Care Coordinators to contribute to improving the care plan and the health outcomes of their patients at the Regional Center for Border Health in the small rural community of Somerton, Arizona, only a few miles from the U.S./Mexico border.


Community Success Stories: Rural residents find grass roots solutions to life in a food desert

Oct 25, 2013 Comments: 0 Topics: NRHD Blog Series , Florence , Food Deserts , Elizabeth Kizer

For rural residents living in food deserts, increasing the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables takes initiative and creative thinking.  In Florence, AZ, local residents and a variety of groups and non-profits have formed a community coalition to improve the food environment.   They recently completed an assessment of their community’s food environment with the help of a doctoral student from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.  While they found that stores and restaurants were lacking in their offering of healthy foods, their assessment revealed many grass-roots efforts that were providing healthy foods to Florence residents. 

Community Success Stories: Clear information helps rural communities understand the benefits of the Affordable Care Act

This Rural Community Success Story is not about one rural community, but about a network of rural and urban organizations, that are each working on a variety of social issues which affect the people and communities of the rural Southwest. The Southwest Rural Policy Network (SWRPN) is comprised of 13 organizations in Arizona and New Mexico.  Its goal is to improve the lives of citizens living in the rural southwest.

Community Success Stories: Page Hospital - a place of physical, mental and spiritual healing

Photo Credit: Ross Cooperthwaite

Page Hospital, now a Banner Health facility, was one of Arizona's first hospitals to receive CAH designation in 2002. Page has been able to expand its campus and services in response to growing community needs and continues to demonstrate innovation through participation in diverse initiatives, recently receiving national recognition for the quality care.

Community Success Stories: Our Neighbor’s Farm and Pantry bring home-grown produce to Safford, AZ

Sep 24, 2013 Comments: 0 Topics: NRHD Blog Series , food bank , Graham County , Safford , Lynda Bergsma

In just over a year, Max Crain and Sherri Clixby have helped prepare and orchestrate a real working farm from a once vacant lot of stubble and rock behind the First United Methodist Church in the rural community of Safford, Arizona.  The considerable fruits (and vegetables) of this labor are used to supply its sister operation — Our Neighbor's Pantry food bank — with fresh produce.

About National Rural Health Day

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 59.5 million people – nearly one in five Americans – call them home. These small towns, farming communities and frontier areas are places where neighbors know each other, listen to each other, respect each other and work together to benefit the greater good. They are also some of the best places to start a business and test your “entrepreneurial spirit.” These communities provide the rest of the country with a wealth of services and commodities, and they are the economic engine that has helped the United State become the world economic power it is today.

These rural communities also have unique healthcare needs. Today more than ever, rural communities must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens. And rural hospitals – which are often the economic foundation of their communities in addition to being the primary providers of care – struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.

That is why the National Organization of State Offices of Rural sets aside the third Thursday of every November – November 21 in 2013 – to celebrate National Rural Health Day. First and foremost, National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit of that prevails in rural America. But it also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.

Learn more about National Rural Health Day