National Rural Health Day is celebrated on the third Thursday of November in America. This day is dedicated to the residents of small towns in the United States who are facing health problems due to the long distances between them and the nearest hospital. Questions are being raised in an effort to solve the issues faced by these rural communities.
National Rural Health Day was founded by the Organization of Rural Health Public Institutions to address the many difficulties faced by rural residents and local clinics. 60 million Americans live in rural areas, many of whom are faced with limited access to healthcare. The movement has achieved much success and is continuing to work toward improving the health of rural communities.
- Over 450 rural hospitals have closed due to insufficient funding over the past 25 years.
- Special difficulties arise in the treatment of mental health due to the lack of professionals in this field, unlike hospitals in megacities.
- The development of hypertension, diabetes, and coronary disease in rural areas is an order of magnitude higher than in the rest.
- More than 20% of children are struggling with poverty.
- About 10% of doctors come to practice in institutions in rural areas.
- More suicides are concentrated in rural areas.
- There are only 100 dentists for every 22 people.
How to take part
One way to show your support for rural health is to call, visit, and thank your local doctors. You can also surprise them with gifts such as sweets or coffee. You can organize a run in the fresh air to help improve your own health and the health of your community. Showing your support for rural health through creative projects is also encouraged.
When is National Rural Health Day celebrated in 2023?
National Rural Health Day is observed on the third Thursday in November each year.