NC Rural Health Association

Membership Information

Our organization relies on a broad set of members and partners. They are the fuel that drives our mission and without them, NCRHA cannot function. While members can be organizations or individuals, rural or urban, North Carolinian or otherwise, they are all committed to vibrant rural places with equal access to health and health care.

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Member Newsletter – Timely bulletins on health-related information, efforts of the NCRHA, and updates on member services and opportunities are provided regularly to NCRHA members.

Educational Opportunities –NCRHA, as the official state affiliate of the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), offers access to webinars and resources throughout the year on topics that impact rural health. Members also have the opportunity to attend NRHA annual conferences and trainings.

Legislative Updates – Legislative updates appear in our newsletter and access to other policy resources. Members also vote on NCRHA’s annual legislative and advocacy agenda, which includes local, state, and federal legislation and policies.

Networking – Virtual and in-person opportunities to meet with other health care professionals and advocates to share information and experiences.

Membership – NCRHA’s diverse membership includes individual members, students, and community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, statewide associations, educational institutions, government representatives, and corporations interested in supporting and providing leadership on rural health issues through, advocacy, collaboration, and education.

Member Resources

Have you signed up to receive the bi-weekly NC Rural Health Association Review? If not, sign up today!

Upcoming Meetings

NCRHA Brings Rural Stories to Capitol Hill

NCRHA attended the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) 34th Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, DC, from February 7 – 9, 2023. 

The Rural Health Policy Institute is an annual opportunity for rural health leaders across the country to bring community stories to Capitol Hill, guiding the future of rural health policy with NRHA leadership and advocating for important issues with new and returning members of Congress and the presidential administration. 

Returning to an in-person gathering for the first time since 2020, Donald Hughes, FHLI’s Director of Community Voice and the NC Rural Health Association, led a delegation of 18 attendees from across North Carolina to the Rural Health Policy Institute. The group included representatives from the NC Healthcare Association (NCHA), NC Rural Center, American Psychological Association, ECU Health, Atrium Health, Duke, UNC, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). 

During their time at the nation’s capital, the NCRHA delegation met with several members of Congress and their staffs to discuss the state of rural health in North Carolina, educate them on their respective organizations’ work, and advocate for policies that support rural health providers, organizations, and community members. In 2023, attendees met with Representatives Don Davis (NC-01), Deborah Ross (NC-02), and Jeff Jackson (NC-14). Attendees also met with staff for Representatives Greg Murphy (NC-03), Valerie Foushee (NC-04), Chuck Edwards, Richard Hudson (NC-09), Patrick McHenry (NC-10), and Chuck Edwards (NC-11).

Links to Past Zoom Meetings

NC Rural Health Snapshot

NCRHA State Budget Update

MedServe Webinar Recording

Did you miss the MedServe webinar held on Aug. 28th? No worries! You can learn more about this two-year fellowship program that places promising future providers in NC’s medically underserved communities:

NCRHA Work Groups

NCRHA promotes collaboration by connecting and convening on matters of health, coordinated forums, and work groups to address and foster collaborative rural health solutions.

Health Equity

(Existing members of the Health Access and SDOH work groups) Provide advice, guidance and recommendations that will address COVID-19 response and advance health equity in underserved, high-risk communities. This includes convening rural allies by creating social and physical environments that promote good health for all in rural North Carolina.

Chair: Bridgett Luckey, MHA, Manager of Uninsured Programs, Vidant Health

Behavioral Health
Convene individuals and organizations working in the behavioral health arena including substance abuse/misuse in NC and focus on the pandemic impact in rural communities. (Focus areas on access, quality, affordability, co-occurrence, social stressors.)

Chair: Amelia Muse, PhD, LMFT, Director of the Center of Excellence for Integrated Care, FHLI

Rural Coalition Fighting COVID-19
Examine existing data on vaccination rates and social vulnerability areas and provide input on gaps in rural health engagement regarding population health and identify strategies for bridging the identified gaps.

Chair: Donald Hughes, MPA, Director of Community Voice, FHLI

Policy and Legislation
Raise health issues affecting rural communities within the group and monitor actions of the NC General Assembly as they pertain to rural health throughout our state. This includes assisting staff with development of a legislative agenda each year.