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

Executive Director Search

Note from RHAT President, Joellen Edwards, PhD:

Welcome to another year of advocacy for improving rural health in Tennessee!  This is a big year for our organization.  We have operated for nearly 20 years as an all-volunteer organization with only one paid staff member, Susan Veale.  In the fall of 2013, your Board of Directors believed RHAT was at a point in its development where we could have a bigger impact on our state as the voice for rural health in Tennessee.  The Board developed an ambitious strategic plan to guide our activities for the next three years.  In line with that plan and the recommendations of our organization's consultant, Dr. Brad Gray, the Board approved the hiring of an Executive Director to help us grow RHAT and broaden our influence on rural health. At the January meeting, the Board approved the official Executive Director job description, the position has been posted nationally and state-wide.
The search committee is reviewing the materials submitted and will complete the search process with a recommendation to the Board of Directors for their consideration as soon as possible.
I am looking forward to serving you in the coming year as president of RHAT.  I need your support, ideas and energy as we move the organization to a new level.
Thank you for all you do for rural health in Tennessee!


Annual Conference 2014: "Twenty Years of Reaching for the Stars" 

Health Exchange (Marketplace) Resources

Tip Sheet for the Newly Insured 

Starting October 1, 2013, you can enroll in health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace allows you to compare your options and find the one that best fits your needs and budget. Coverage goes into effect as early as January 1, 2014.

Quick Info

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

Need help navigating the Health Exchange Marketplace? Several organizations are serving as Navigator Organizations and have staff and partner organizations to assist:

Seedco in Tennessee

Appalachian Mountain Project Access

Memphis Community Development Council

Family and Consumer Services, University of Tennessee

Knoxville Area Project Access

Porter – Leath

Tennessee Health Care Campaign

Tennessee Community Services Agency

TN Primary Care Association
TN Hospital Association

FAQs on the Marketplace

Faqs on Navigator and CAC requirements


Read our latest "Rural Health Digest"


National Rural Health Day

Read Tennessee's 2013 Proclamation


Story of the Day