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

Save the Date!


Annual Conference 2016

 November 16-18, 2016
 Music Road Hotel & Convention Center
 Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


Photo Contest

Virtual Poster Competition

Awards 2016

Nominate a deserving individual or entity for a 2016 award. Click here for the categories and descriptions.

RHAT Legislative Priorities and Principles 2016

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

November is...


National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed.
President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983. At the time, fewer than 2 million Americans had Alzheimer’s; today, the number of people with the disease has soared to nearly 5.4 million.  Get involved this month, and help raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.


American Diabetes Month® 2016: This is Diabetes™

Observed every November, American Diabetes Month is an important element in the American Diabetes Association's efforts to focus our nation's attention on the disease and the tens of millions of people affected by it.
The 2016 theme is This Is Diabetes. We'll showcase real-life stories of friends, families and neighbors managing the day-to-day triumphs and challenges of the disease. Join as we salute the 29 million Americans with diabetes — as well as their loved ones — to raise awareness and to create a sense of urgency about this growing public health crisis.

For more information or to share your story go to



Read our statement of support here.  

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


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"