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


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.

July is...


Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month!

Nearly 300,000 children have been diagnosed with some form of juvenile arthritis in the U.S.* Each year, the Arthritis National Research Foundation provides a grant to this particular form of arthritis research, called The Kelly Award for Juvenile Arthritis Research.

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), one form of juvenile arthritis, is actually quite prevalent, affecting more than 50,000 children in the United States alone. JIA is often referred to as juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) in the United States. Other specific names and forms of juvenile arthritis include: systemic onset JIA or Still’s disease, oligoarticular JIA (affecting fewer than 5 joints), polyarticular JIA (affecting five or more joints), enthesitis-related arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

When juvenile arthritis first shows its symptoms in a child’s body, many parents write off swollen joints and fever as a flu bug, or think that a sudden rash might have occurred from an allergic reaction. The symptoms might even recede slightly before showing up again, sometimes delaying diagnosis for quite some time. After all, who expects a small child to have arthritis?

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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.


Why Living in a Rural Area Could Be Considered a Health Risk 

Jun 19, 2017 -- Discusses rural health disparities including issues related to access like health insurance, workforce concerns, and rural hospital closures and closing maternity wards. Also discusses higher mortality rates and poorer health in rural areas and specific areas of the country where rural health disparities are common. 
Source: Vital Record

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"