NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY – Third Thursday in November

National Rural Health Day - Third Thursday in November
(Last Updated On: January 4, 2023)


National Rural Health Day focuses on the medical resources rural communities offer and how it impacts small towns and their citizens. The third Thursday in November each year highlights the varied opportunities rural health offers and the benefits it brings to these modest hubs of economic vitality in the heartland.

Around the nation, over 60 million Americans live and work in rural communities. In these thriving centers of industry, health clinics and hospitals provide much-needed care to a varied population.

Healthcare improves not only the life of the citizens but the livelihood, too. Increased economic opportunities are just one of the many reasons for maintaining healthcare close to small towns. Emergent care and urgent care increase the timely treatment of critical ailments and injuries. When nursing care is available, grandparents remain near their familiar settings. Primary care provides a remedy for chronic and routine conditions. Other facilities that may be available in some small communities include dental, chiropractic and vision care.

Altogether, these facilities keep a community running smoothly and healthily. It’s something to celebrate!

HOW TO OBSERVE #RuralHealthDay

Get involved. Celebrate National Rural Health Day by letting a local healthcare professional know you appreciate their care. Learn more ways to celebrate at the National Organization of State Offices of Rural.  Share your ideas and learn more by visiting the website. Use #PowerOfRural and #RuralHealthDay to share on social media.


The National Organization of State Offices of Rural set aside the third Thursday of November to observe National Rural Health Day annually.

17 November 2022
16 November 2023
21 November 2024
20 November 2025
19 November 2026
18 November 2027
16 November 2028
15 November 2029

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