Rural Health Association of Tennessee

The Rural Health Association of Tennessee is the only group in Tennessee that specifically and exclusively focuses on Tennessee's rural citizens - we advocate and educate on rural health issues.

Our Areas of Concern in Rural Tennessee

  • Rural Access to Health Care
  • Substance Abuse
  • Special Populations
  • Mental/Behavioral Health
  • Health Professions Education
  • Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
  • Oral Health
  • Rural Emergency Preparedness

RHAT Executive Director Search

The Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHAT) is a nonprofit entity that advocates for the health of rural Tennesseans. The Executive Director (ED) of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee (RHAT) is the face of the organization and a representative of RHAT’s mission, goals and values to the public, partner organizations, legislators, and members. The ED reports to the Board of Directors, and functions in accordance with the policies and procedures approved by the Board. The ED manages the daily operations of RHAT, and assures that RHAT’s strategic plan and financial objectives are achieved.


Concerned with the AHCA

Letter to Senators Alexander and Corker


Read our statement of support here.  

RHAT is a member of the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee. Read our letter to Governor Haslam.


FirstNet is building a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

Read our statement of support here.


RHAT Legislative Priorities and Principles 2017

Find your state legislator at this link to share with them your support of the RHAT priorities.

June is...


Men’s Health Month!

The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. This month gives health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The response has been overwhelming with thousands of awareness activities in the USA and around the globe. For more information go to



June is National Safety Month

Join NSC and thousands of organizations across the country as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to Keep Each Other Safe. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. For more information go to


See highlights from last year's conference!

Annual Conference 2016

Photo Contest

Virtual Poster Competition


Awards 2017

Nominate a deserving individual or entity for a 2017 award.

Click here for the categories and descriptions.


NRHA’s Alan Morgan on rural opioid epidemic causes, solutions


In 2016, the opioid epidemic in America continued to persist at crisis level: Each day, 91 people died of a drug overdose, and the number of opioid-related deaths has quadrupled since 2000. Rural America has been hit especially hard. “When you look at the prevalence of behavioral health specialists, there’s a clinical shortage … in rural areas. So you’ve got a self-perpetuating system where those most in need of health care services have the fewest options available,” explains NRHA CEO Alan Morgan. Hear more about solutions for the opioid epidemic directly from your elected officials at NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 7-9.

Rural hospitals keep closing. What can be done?


When the hospital in Newton, Miss., closed, Wendy Bailey felt she had lost a lifeline. “One of my biggest fears is … finding my daughter on the floor from a seizure … and not being able to get help quick enough,” says Bailey. Another 673 rural hospitals are at risk of closing. Cuts in reimbursement for bad debt have been particularly hard on rural hospitals, according to NRHA’s Maggie Elehwany. With your help, NRHA’s Save Rural Hospitals Act will create a unique payment designation to offer a path forward for struggling rural hospitals.

NRHA endorses Save Rural Hospitals Act

Fifty-five rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and 283 more are on the brink of closure, risking access to much-needed health care for more than 700,000 Americans.

That’s why the National Rural Health Association advanced the Save Rural Hospitals Act, introduced today by U.S Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa).

The bipartisan bill will stabilize and strengthen rural hospitals by:

Stopping the many cuts in Medicare that rural hospitals have endured for years,
Providing rural hospitals with new funding so they can provide quality primary care to rural patients across the nation, and
Creating a path forward for struggling rural hospitals by allowing them to provide care that makes sense in their communities and receive fair reimbursement for emergency room and primary care.

Healthcare Exchange (Marketplace) Resources

Five Tips for Enrolling in Health Insurance

Health Law Helper (Consumer Reports) 

Helpful Phone Numbers & Links (from TN Primary Care Association)

Tip Sheet for the Newly Insured  

Quick Info

Learn 4 steps to getting coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Need help navigating the Health Exchange Marketplace? Many organizations are serving as Navigator Organizations and have staff and partner organizations to assist. Click here for a list.

Read a sample "Rural Health Digest"