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

Advocacy

Concerned with the AHCA

Letter to Senators Alexander and Corker

INSURE TENNESSEE

Read our statement of support here.  

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

FirstNet

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.


November is...

American Diabetes Month

You can't ignore Diabetes, but you can do something about it

Whether you’re living with diabetes, caring for someone who is, or you’re fighting to stop it, there's a hero in you. One in 11 Americans has diabetes. So put on your cape and take a stand.

For more informtion click here 


Alzheimer's Awareness Month

Go Purple with a Purpose for Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. 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.

For more information click here.


The Great American Smokeout

banner image for GASO 2017 that says "When Trying to Quit Smoking, Support Can Make All the Difference. #GASO"

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, smokers across the nation take part in the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout event. Encourage someone you know to use the date to make a plan to quit, or plan in advance and then quit smoking that day. By quitting – even for 1 day – smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life and reducing their cancer risk.

For more information on how you can participate go to https://www.cancer.org/healthy/stay-away-from-tobacco/great-american-smokeout.html


See highlights from last year's conference!

Annual Conference 2016

Photo Contest

Virtual Poster Competition


Trending

CDC: Rural Americans More Likely to Die by Suicide

Rural MIG Chair Discusses Firsthand Experience
October 23, 2017 04:24 pm Chris Crawford – Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. And, according to CDC data released Oct. 6 in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report,(www.cdc.gov) rural counties had higher suicide rates than metropolitan counties from 2001 to 2015.  

For the complete AAFP article go to http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171023mmwrsuicide.html?cmpid=em_AP_20171025


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"

 

 

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